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Authorised form of nameDonkin; Bryan (1768 - 1855)
SurnameDonkin
ForenamesBryan
Dates1768 - 1855
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Fountain Hall, Sandoe, Northumberland, England (22 March 1768)
Death:
6 The Paragon, New Kent Road, London (27 February 1855)
ActivityProfession:
Civil engineer
Research Field:
Astronomy
Career:
Assistant working on the estate of the Duke of Dorset, Knole Park, Sevenoaks; apprenticed, at the recommendation of John Smeaton (FRS 1753) to John Hall, Dartford (1775); involved in developing an improved machine for paper-making (1802); in charge of a works for producing such machinery, Spa Road, Bermondsey (1803); patented various inventions, including a steel pen; involved in founding the Institution of Civil Engineers (1818); Member, Committee of the Thames Tunnel Company (1824); built an observatory at his house, New Kent Road; retired (1846); his machines won a Gold Medal at the Great Exhibition (1851)
Memberships:
FRAS; MICE; FRSA (1803); Phrenological Society of Edinburgh
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
18/01/1838
RelationshipsSon of John Donkin of Sandoe; married (1798) Mary Brame, daughter of Peter Brame, nurseryman
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1854-1855 vol 7 pp 586-589
References:
Transactions of the Newcomen Society, vol 27 (1949-1951)
A brief account of Bryan Donkin, FRS and of the company he founded 150 years ago - The Bryan Donkin Company Limited, Chesterfield (The Bryan Donkin Company Limited, 1953)
RH Clapperton, The Paper-making machine: its invention, evolution and development (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1967), pp 305-330
Royal Society codeNA7570
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
DM/4/144Letter from Bryan Donkin to James Hudson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society21 February 1831
DM/4/142Copy of report from M I Brunel, Bryan Donkin and Field to Viscount Althrop15 February 1831
IM/005723Donkin, Bryan1829
NLB/6/892Copy letter from Theodore E James, to B Donkin11 August 1892
NLB/10/920Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mrs Bedford, 17 Ladbroke Terrace, W. 8 March 1895
NLB/10/776Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Bryan Donkin4 February 1895
NLB/10/885Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Bryan Donkin care of Messrs Donkin & Company, Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey, S.E.26 February 1895
NLB/10/868Copy letter from Dr Michael Foster, to Bryan Donkin, care of Messrs B Donkin & Company, Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey, S.E.23 February 1895
EC/1838/01Donkin, Bryan: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/10/778Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr Michael Foster, Secretary, Royal Society4 February 1895
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