Salomon de Caus

Salomon de Caus was a French artisan-engineer who was born in Dieppe in 1576, and died in 1626.  We do not have a birthday or a death day for de Caus, but we decided to feature him today anyway, because he deserves our notice, and because we have several of his books...

Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles, a Scottish historian and author, was born Dec. 23, 1812. Smiles is well-known to historians of technology as the author of a series of books about great British engineers, starting with The Life of George Stephenson (1857), the eminent father of the...

Joseph Whitworth

Joseph Whitworth, an English engineer and manufacturer, was born Dec. 21, 1803.  Whitworth was an important figure, perhaps the most important figure, in bringing precision engineering to the Victorian industrial revolution.  He apprenticed in the London workshop of...