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Life of Robert Stevenson By David Stevenson

Life of Robert Stevenson by David Stevenson

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Published in 1878, this biography of the civil engineer Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) by his son David (1815-86) explains how Stevenson's many lighthouses (including that on the notorious Bell Rock), made the Scottish coastline much safer for shipping for decades to come.

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Life of Robert Stevenson: Civil Engineer by David Stevenson

Published in 1878, this biography of the civil engineer Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) was written by his second-youngest son David (1815-86), also a civil engineer and uncle to the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Having already published The Principles and Practice of Canal and River Engineering in 1872 (also reissued in this series), he set about writing this survey of his father's life and works, based on extracts from Robert's professional reports, notes from his diary, and communications to scientific journals and societies between 1798 and 1843. Perhaps most widely known for his practical and persuasive leadership in building many lighthouses for the Northern Lighthouse Board - including that on the notorious Bell Rock, over which he came into conflict with engineer John Rennie regarding the design - Stevenson ensured that the Scottish coastline became a much safer place for shipping for decades to come.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Early life; 2. Bell Rock lighthouse; 3. Lighthouse illumination; 4. Roads; 5. Improvement of Edinburgh; 6. Ferries; 7. Railways; 8. Harbours and rivers; 9. Preservation of timber; 10. Bridges; 11. Wolf Rock lighthouse; 12. Carr Rock beacon; 13. Cranes; 14. Fisheries; 15. Marine surveying; 16. Contributions on engineering and scientific subjects; 17. Extracts from early reports; 18. Retrospect of Mr Stevenson's life; Appendix; Index.

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Life of Robert Stevenson: Civil Engineer by David Stevenson
Cambridge University Press
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