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GEORGE STEPHENSON

By Adrian Jarvis
ISBN 9780747806059
Shire Books*
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Color photos, b&w photos & illus throughout
48 Pages
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George Stephenson is among the most famous engineers of all time. His rise from ‘rags to riches’ is a stirring story of its kind, but many of the works attributed to him should in fact be credited to young subordinates, not least his son, Robert. But much of the work of innovative engineers for his period lay not in the work itself but in persuading people that such work was desirable and necessary. It was in this field that George Stephenson excelled, providing openings in which his young protégés could change the world. They did not let him down, and we should give him full credit for being ‘The Father of the Railways’. Adrian Jarvis specialises in the engineering and finance of dock and harbour construction, on which he has published extensively, but he also has a strong interest in early railways and in the general history of technology. Another book for Shire by this author is: The Victorian Engineer