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Adams, William (1823–1904), engineer, was born in Limehouse, London, on 15 October 1823, the second son and third child in the family of three sons and two daughters of John Samuel Adams, clerk of works to the East India Dock Company, and his wife, ...

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Adams, William Bridges (1797–1872), railway engineer, was born in Westminster, London, on 26 May 1797, the son of William Adams, a coach builder, and his wife, Ann. He showed an early aptitude for engineering. On 30 November 1818 he married Elizabeth, daughter of the radical ...

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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson, landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, Ann...

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Ahm, Povl Borge (1926–2005), civil and structural engineer, was born in Aarhus, Denmark, on 26 September 1926. He was educated at the Polyteknisk Laereanstalt in Copenhagen, graduating in 1949. He came to England in 1952 to join the consulting engineers Ove Arup & Partners...

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Sir John Aird, first baronet (1833–1911) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aird, Sir John, first baronet (1833–1911), civil engineering contractor, was born on 3 December 1833 in Greenwich, the second son of eight children of John Aird (1800–1876), contractor, and Agnes (d. 1869), daughter of Charles Bennett of Lambeth. His grandfather Robert Aird...

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Alexander, Daniel Asher (1768–1846), architect and engineer, was born on 6 May 1768 in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, London, the son of Daniel Alexander, broker, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated at St Paul's School and in 1782 he became a student at the ...

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Allan, Sir William (1837–1903), engineer and politician, born at Dundee on 29 November 1837, was the third son of James Allan (d. 1883), machine maker, and his wife, Margaret Dickson (d. 1879). After being educated in local schools, Allan served his apprenticeship as an engineer at his father's ...

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Thomas Edward Allibone (1903–2003) by Elliott & Fry, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allibone, Thomas Edward [Ted] (1903–2003), physicist and electrical engineer, was born on 11 November 1903 at 10 Melbourne Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, the son of Henry James Allibone, schoolteacher, and his wife, Eliza, née Kidger, a farmer's daughter. He was educated at the ...

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Anderson, Adam (1780–1846), natural philosopher and engineer, was born on 29 June 1780 in Tulliallan parish, Perthshire, third son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Andrew Anderson, shipmaster of Kincardine-on-Forth, and his second wife, Anne Moon, of Errol. In later life he shortened his age, claiming to be born in 1783; this was also the date recorded on the gravestone erected by his admirers. Educated in arts and, briefly, divinity, at ...

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Angwin, Sir (Arthur) Stanley (1883–1959), electrical engineer, was born in Penzance on 11 December 1883, the son of the Revd George William Angwin, a nonconformist minister, and his wife, Lucinda Cambellock. A change of circuit brought the family nearer London, and Angwin went to school in ...

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Appold, John George (1800–1865), fur dyer and engineer, was born on 14 April 1800 at 23 Wilson Street, Finsbury Square, London, the third of seven children of Christian Appold, (1758/9–1834), fur dyer, and his first wife Hannah née Titford (1771/2–1810...

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Armstrong, Joseph (1816–1877), locomotive engineer, was born on 21 September 1816 at Bewcastle, Cumberland, the son of Thomas Armstrong (1785–1844), yeoman and later farm bailiff, and his wife. Joseph and his three older brothers went with their parents in 1817 to Canada where his brother ...

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Arrol, Sir William (1839–1913), civil engineer, was born at Houston, Renfrewshire, on 13 February 1839, the son of Thomas Arrol, cotton spinner, and his wife, Agnes Hodgart, sister of Matthew Hodgart, a mechanical engineer in Paisley and partner in the firm of Fullerton Hodgart and Barclay...

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Sir Ove Nyquist Arup (1895–1988) by Godfrey Argent, 1969 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arup, Sir Ove Nyquist (1895–1988), civil engineer, was born on 16 April 1895 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the elder son and second of the three children of (Jens Simon) Johannes Arup and his wife, Mathilde Bolette Nyquist. Johannes Arup was Danish veterinary consul in ...

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Sir John Audley Frederick Aspinall (1851–1937) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London