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Great Engineers - A Retrospect

In the preceding chapters of this series I have attempted to describe the achievements of some of the greatest British engineers. I have confined myself to famous names, and the men whose works are here analysed are all of the past. Hugh Myddelton belonged to the 16th and 17th centuries, Smeaton and Brindley to the 18th, while the two Rennies and Telford and Brunel carry us to the 19th, which latter century also gave us Robert Stephenson, Sir John Fowler, and Sir John Wolfe Barry. These are the old engineers, and we may ask what is their message to practitioners of to-day? In order to answer this question it may be advantageous to take a general survey of the lives and work of these redoubtable men who perhaps did more than any others to create the profession of engineering in this country. A few words may here be interpolated in defence of the order in which the engineers were presented in these pages. It was considered that a strictly chronological arrangement would have been inappropriate, inasmuch as the object of this series was not in the first instance to give an historical account of developments in engineering, but rather to establish the range and cultural significance of this particular activity. Consequently some of the most famous names of all were introduced at the beginning, so that the prestige of engineering and the genius of its foremost practitioners should immediately be recognised, while the later chapters serve to illustrate the extraordinary range of both the subject of engineering and of the talent which is devoted to its exposition. A. Trystan Edwards

Author(s): Edwards, A Trystan

Keywords: engineers;aesthetics