John Smeaton, British engineer

John Smeaton, British engineer

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Caption: John Smeaton (1724-1792), British engineer. Smeaton is considered the father of civil engineering. His early work on mathematical instruments was followed by work on waterwheels. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1753, and was recommended for the job of designing the third Eddystone Lighthouse (at left), off the coast near Plymouth, England. He was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 1759. His other work included canals, harbours and bridges. In 1771, he founded the Society of Civil Engineers. Engraving by Richard Woodman (1784-1859), after a painting by John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779).

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