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Stephenson, Robert

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Born: 1803 AD
Died: 1859 AD, at 55 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Engineers

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1803 - Robert Stephenson, born on the 16th of October in Willington Quay, Northumberland, England. He was an English Civil Engineer.

1819 - He was apprenticed to Nicholas Wood, a coal-viewer at Killingworth.

1822 - He was sent to attend the science classes at the University of Edinburgh.

1823 - On his return he assisted his father in surveying the Stockton & Darlington and Liverpool & Manchester lines.

1824 - Accepted an engagement in South America to take charge of the engineering operations of the Colombian Mining Association of London.

1827 - On account of the difficulties of the situation he resigned it, and returned to England via New York in company with Richard Trevithick, whom he had met in a penniless condition at Cartagena.

1847 - He entered the House of Commons as member for Whitby, retaining the seat until the end of his life.

1855 - Elected president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of which he became a member.

1859 - He died in London on the 12th of October, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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