Cranes, dredgers, swing bridges and many other inventions
A pupil of Henry Maudslay
Civil engineer. Researched the mechanics of waterwheels and windmills. Lighthouse design e.g. Eddystone. Improved the Newcomen atmospheric steam engine
School/Apprenticeship. Worked as a mathematical-instrument maker.
Railway engineer. Steam locomotives
three nights a week paying 4 pence a week. Gained direct work experience in mining engineering /Apprenticeship
Mechanical and structural engineer. Steam locomotive design/bridges
Self-taught with help from his father George. Attended a village school
and then his father sent him to a private school
and then apprenticed at Killingworth Colliery which he did not complete but then gained valuable experience in railway engineering
Knitting machines worked with Richard Arkwright
Self taught: started as a farmer
Civil engineer. Canal/road engineer e.g. Caledonian canal
started in 1804. Innovative Aqueduct and bridge design and construction.
Attended a local parish school. Apprenticeship (Stonemason) Langholm and self taught.
Chemist and industrialist. Textiles/Dying
Studied at a local school then apprenticeship as a silk weaver
Engineer and inventor. Steam engine
(High-pressure steam engine 1800
Attended a local school but largely self taught and became a mining engineer
Agriculturalist. Seed drill (1701)/Introduction of improved farming methods
Engineer and inventor. Steam engine design/Lunar Society
Taught by mother then some formal schooling-Greenock Grammar School and eventually gained experience as an instrument maker at Glasgow University. A mechanical genius who was very versatile.
Chemist specialising in pottery/Lunar Society
Self educated/Apprenticeship (Pottery/thrower) but because of ill health
broke the indenture and experimented with decorations, clay types and furnace technology.
Engineer and inventor. Machine tools/Screw threads. Planing machines, a power- driven self-acting machine and measuring machines. Established the Whitworth scholarships.
Attended his father’s school then as a boarder at a private school at Idle near Leeds but left at 14. Apprenticeship (Cotton spinning) and gained valuable work experience in Manchester and London engineering companies including the Maudslay workshops
Ironworker and inventor. Boring machine
Learnt working at his father’s side