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Nissen, Peter Norman (1871–1930), mining engineer and inventor of the Nissen hut, was born on 6 August 1871 in New York, the second of the three children of Georg Hermann Nissen (1832–1913), a Norwegian mining engineer, and his wife, Annie Lavinia (1842–c...

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Ryan, James (c. 1770–1847), mining engineer and inventor, was born in Ireland. His early years are obscure but he had 'from a youth, a powerful predilection for the study of minerals, and their various geological character and position' (J. Ryan, Address to coal owners of Tyne and Wear, 15 Nov 1843, 2...