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Authorised form of nameStephenson; Robert (1803 - 1859)
SurnameStephenson
ForenamesRobert
Dates1803 - 1859
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Willington Quay, near Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England (16 October 1803)
Death:
34 Gloucester Square, London (12 October 1859)
Burial:
Westminster Abbey
ActivityProfession:
Civil engineer
Education:
Newcastle, apprenticed to Nicholas Wood, Killingworth Colliery
Career:
Assisted his father in surveying Stockton and Darlington Railway; managed his father's locomotive factory; engineer to the London and Birmingham Railway (1833); built high level bridge in Newcastle (1845); built Britannia Bridge, Menai Straits (opened 1850); built Victoria Bridge, St Lawrence River, Montreal (1854-1859); MP for Whitby (1847-1859)
Memberships:
MICE; FGS
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
7/06/1849
RelationshipsSon of George Stephenson
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1859-1860 vol 10 pp xxix-xxxiv
References:
A P Woolrich, 'Engineering Myths', review of Denis Smith, ed, Perceptions of Great Engineers: Fact and Fantasy in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 340-341
T M Charlton, 'Contributions to the Science of Bridge-Building in the Nineteenth Century by Henry Moseley, Hon.Ll.D., FRS and William Pole, D.Mus., FRS' in NR 1975-6 vol 30 pp 169-179
Royal Society codeNA6394
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1849/14Stephenson, Robert : certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/004388Stephenson, Robertnd
IM/004391Stephenson, Robert1860
RR/2/14[Copy of RR/2/13] Referee's report by Robert Stephenson, on a paper 'On the existence of an element of strength in beams subjected to transverse strain, arising from the lateral action of the fibres or particles on each other, and named by the author "Resistance of Flexure"' by William Henry Barlow28 June 1855
RR/2/13Referee's report by Robert Stephenson, on a paper 'On the existence of an element of strength in beams subjected to transverse strain, arising from the lateral action of the fibres or particles on each other, and named by the author "Resistance of Flexure"' by William Henry Barlow28 June 1855
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