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.