George Stephenson

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson

Profession: Engineer Known as the Father of Railways


Biography: Stephenson was a British engineer credited with building the first railway line (1825), a miner's safety lamp (1815), and improving the design and efficiency of locomotives, the most notable of which being the "Blucher" (1814) and the "Rocket" (1829).

Born: June 9, 1781
Birthplace: Wylam, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: August 12, 1848 (aged 67)
Cause of Death: Pleurisy

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  • 1814-07-25 English engineer George Stephenson introduces his first steam locomotive, a travelling engine designed for hauling coal on the Killingworth wagonway named Blücher
  • 1825-09-27 George Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1" becomes the 1st steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England

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