Authorised form of nameNewall; Robert Stirling (1812 - 1889)
Dates1812 - 1889
Place of birthDundee, Angus, , Scotland
Date of birth27 May 1812
Place of deathFerndene, near Gateshead, County Durham
Date of death21 April 1889
OccupationMechanical engineer
Worked in a mercantile office, Dundee; went to London and studied the rapid generation of steam; took out a patent for wire ropes (1840); laid submarine telegraphic cables; invented the brake-drum and cone for deep-sea cable-laying (1853); improved telescopes
FRAS (1864); North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers; MIMechE
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election03/06/1875
RelationshipsMarried (14 February 1849) Mary, youngest daughter of Hugh Lee Pattinson (FRS 1852)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Proc Roy Soc 1889 vol 46 pp xxxiii-xxxv signed by J N L
E W Cooke has signed election certificate twice
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5504
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
NLB/1/577Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Robert Stirilin Newall, Fellow of the Royal Society24 September 1887
EC/1875/28Newall, Robert Stirling: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/9/585Letter from R S [Robert Stirling] Newall, Ferndene, Gateshead on Tyne, to the Secretary of the Royal Society18 June 1873
MC/9Volume 9 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1870-June 1873
MC/12/277Letter from R S [Robert Stirling] Newall, Ferndene, Gateshead, to Professor [George Gabriel] Stokes, [Secretary of the Royal Society]13 October 1882
MC/12/280Letter from R S [Robert Stirling] Newall, Ferndene, Gateshead, to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]29 October 1882
MC/12Volume 12 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1880-1883
MS/257/3/190Letter from Robert Sterling Newall, Bensham Lodge, Gateshead to Edward Sabine21 June 1845
HS/13/150Letter, from Robert Stirling Newall to Sir John Herschel, dated at Gateshead12 August 1865
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