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Blackmore, Frank Cuendet (1916–2008), road traffic engineer, was born on 16 February 1916 at La Maison Lugon, rue Michelet, Fort National (later Larbaa Nath Irathen), Algeria, the third of four children of a British father, Josiah Thomas Cullum Blackmore (1880–1961), a Plymouth Brethren...

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G. C. Boase

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Bremner, James (1784–1856), civil engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Keiss, in the parish of Wick, Caithness, on 25 September 1784, the youngest of nine children of James and Janet Bremner. He resembled his soldier father in his robust physique and in his fearless character, which emerged early in life. He received a limited education before, in 1798, being apprenticed to the ...

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Chance, Sir James Timmins, first baronet (1814–1902), glass manufacturer and lighthouse engineer, was born in Birmingham on 22 March 1814, the eldest of the six sons of William Chance (1788–1856), merchant and glass manufacturer, of Spring Grove, Birmingham, and his wife, Phoebe (...

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Cook, Sir Frederick Charles (1875–1947), highway engineer and advocate of motorways, was born at Switzerland House, Kingston Crescent, Portsea, Hampshire, on 22 April 1875, the second child of Charles Christopher Cook (bap. 1840), contractor, and his wife, Fanny, née Bailey (b...

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Thomas Russell Crampton (1816–1888) by unknown engraver, 1860s Heritage Images Partnership

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Crampton, Thomas Russell (1816–1888), railway and civil engineer, was born on 6 August 1816, at Broadstairs, Kent, the son of John Crampton and his wife, Mary. He received his education at a private school. In 1831 he was articled to John Hague, engineer, of ...

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E. I. Carlyle

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Findlay, Sir George (1829–1893), civil engineer and railway manager, was born at Rainhill in Lancashire on 18 May 1829, the younger son of George Findlay (1793–1858) of Grantown, Moray, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1835), daughter of Henry Courtenay of Glasgow. His father, descended from a family of small tenant farmers residing at ...

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Gooch, Thomas Longridge (1808–1882), civil and railway engineer, was born in London on 1 November 1808, the first son and second of ten children (five sons and five daughters) of John Gooch, cashier of Bedlington ironworks, near Morpeth, Northumberland, and his wife, Anna...

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Grainger, Thomas (1794–1852), railway engineer, was born on 12 November 1794 at Gogar Green, Ratho, near Edinburgh, where his father had a small farm. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and by 1816 had begun business as an independent civil engineer and surveyor. In 1823 he employed ...

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Hondelink, Englebert Roger (1890–1972), civil engineer and railway consultant, was born on 13 September 1890 at Dieren, Netherlands, son of Gerrit Hendrik Hondelink (1865–1930×34), stationmaster, and his wife, Gerarda Jacoba Immink (1865–1919). He was educated at Winterswyk high school, followed by a pupillage with the ...

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Horne, Sir William Cornelius Van (1843–1915), railway builder and financier in Canada, was born on 3 February 1843 at Chelsea, Will county, Illinois, USA, the eldest son of Cornelius Covenhoven Van Horne, lawyer, and his second wife, Mary Minier Richards. His father's ancestors had emigrated from the ...

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G. C. Boase

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Locke, Joseph (1805–1860), railway engineer, was born at Attercliffe, near Sheffield, on 9 August 1805, the fourth and youngest son of William Locke (b. 1770), colliery manager, and his wife, Esther, née Teesdale. He was educated at Barnsley grammar school, and from 1818 to 1820 was a pupil of ...

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Mackenzie, Sir William (1849–1923), Canadian railway builder and financier, was born in Eldon township, Victoria County, Upper Canada (now Ontario), on 30 October 1849, the fifth son of John Mackenzie, farmer, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Maclaughlin, who had come after their marriage from ...

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John Loudon McAdam (1756–1836) by unknown artist, c. 1830 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McAdam, John Loudon (1756–1836), builder and administrator of roads, was born in the west-coast town of Ayr, at 22 Sandgate, on 21 September 1756, the youngest child and second son of James McAdam of Waterhead (c.1718–1770), and his wife, Susannah Cochrane (...

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Pauling, George Craig Sanders (1854–1919), civil engineer and railway promoter, was born on 6 September 1854 at 4 Park Terrace, South Street, Lorrimore Road, Walworth, Surrey, the eldest child of the two boys and two girls born to Richard Clark Pauling (1833–1894), civil engineer, and his wife, ...

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Pippard, (Alfred John) Sutton (1891–1969), civil and aeronautical engineer, was born on 6 April 1891 at Yeovil, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Alfred Pippard (d. c.1908), a building contractor, and his wife, Alice...

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(Alfred John) Sutton Pippard (1891–1969) by Elliott & Fry, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rudyerd, John (fl. 1703–1709), builder of the second Eddystone lighthouse, was one of a large and poor family. Little is known of his origins, except that he was born in Cornwall, probably near Plymouth. There he was in the service of a gentleman, who caused him to be educated....

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Spooner, Charles Easton (bap. 1818, d. 1889), railway engineer, was born at Maentwrog, Merioneth, and baptized on 25 May 1818 at Maentwrog church, the fourth of ten children of James Spooner (1790–1856), surveyor and civil engineer, and his first wife, Elizabeth, née Easton (1787–1850)...