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Robotnik

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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2016, 12:03:52 pm »

Sir Clive Sinclair, very underappreciated by the press but very appreciated by me.
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2016, 03:38:59 pm »

Sir Clive Sinclair, very underappreciated by the press but very appreciated by me.


my very first computer was a timex-sinclair 1000 !!!!


wouldn't be where i am, if it weren't for him...
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2016, 04:16:26 pm »





wouldn't be where i am, if it weren't for him...


You certainly wouldn't have got there in a Sinclair C5  {-) {-)


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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2016, 05:36:21 pm »

Referring to the title of this thread, most of the engineers mentioned here so far have been anything but unappreciated! IMHO  %)

The kids of today probably couldn't string the names of five Engineers together but can name numerous fake celebrities, ball kickers, and media bods. Hence my unapreciated term. Just looking back above I dont see any lady Engineers mentioned either.

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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2016, 05:40:16 pm »

'I dont see any lady Engineers mentioned either.'

You didn't look hard enough Dave!

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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2016, 06:10:57 pm »

Here is a lady for you, Victoria Drummond the first female chief engineer in the Merchant Navy.
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2016, 07:12:40 pm »

Ah yes Colin
I stand corrected Miss Beatrice Shilling has been mentioned in despatches  :embarrassed:

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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2016, 08:12:01 pm »

Thank you mook for adding Thomas Telford, I was about to do that myself. Whilst we're on transport let us add Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker (probably not knights at the time) - The Forth Bridge.
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2016, 04:41:06 pm »

Magnus Volks of the Brighton electric railway and the daddy long-legs (and house lighting!)
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2016, 06:12:59 pm »

Reginald Mitchell
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2016, 09:25:18 pm »

Whitehead, (torpedoes)
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2016, 11:04:47 pm »

Of course, Reginald Mitchell, thank you.
Which brings to mind my own hero of aviation engineering Henri Mignet.
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2016, 11:42:00 pm »

Miss Beatrice Shilling has a son Phil, who was one of our club members.  He also is / was an engineer very clever too.
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2016, 01:54:38 pm »

Without a doubt,  Nikola Tesla 1856 – 1943 a Serbian American physicist, inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system is the most important 'Unappreciated Engineer' ever.
He held over 300 patents worldwide yet never received any official prize or award.

Inventor of alternating current in a practical form with his Tesla (induction) Coil, his work has made almost everything in our modern world possible. Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi used his patents blatantly to achieve fame yet both received Nobel prizes, and Tesla died almost penniless in a hotel room where he lived.

On a topical note he was the designer and inventor of the first radio-controlled boat, so we have so much to appreciate from his genius.

'In 1898, Tesla demonstrated a radio-controlled boat (U.S. Patent 613,809 —Method of an Apparatus for Controlling Mechanism of Moving Vehicle or Vehicles)'
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2016, 05:01:53 pm »

Ms Cherry Hinds Hill a great engineer and a hero of mine.
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2016, 05:16:15 pm »

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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2016, 10:53:15 am »

James Clerk Maxwell was featured on BBC4 on Tuesday 28th Jan .  Should be able to catch it on iPlayer etc. Not an engineer but influenced engineering, an  unsung genius.    On the same day the Google doodle was  John Logie baird (TV), coincidence ?
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Re: Underappreciated Engineers
« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2016, 11:43:59 am »

Beverley Shenstone


Has only just been recognised in a book called Secrets of the Spitfire. He designed the elliptical wing for Mitchell's Spitfire. His designs are still used in delta winged aircraft as the Spitfire wing design has a lot in common with deltas. He worked in Germany in the pre-war years with Prof Lippish who designed some of the early deltas for the Luftwaffe- none entered service- but Shenstone developed the basic design and we have some of the efficient wing designs in the world as a result.
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