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Great Engineers - 6: John Smeaton

No name is held in greater honour among engineers than that of John Smeaton, for he was one of the powerful and original personalities who, nearly a hundred years ago, created the profession of engineering. At the time when he first turned his attention to constructive design almost the only mechanical work of importance was executed by millwrights and others at labourers' wages. The educated classes eschewed mechanical callings, which were neither regarded as honourable or remunerative, and that Smeaton should have felt so strongly impelled to depart from the usual course and enter upon such a line of occupation must be attributed entirely to his innate love of construction. A. Trystan Edwards

Author(s): Edwards, A Trystan