Much is known about the achievements of George Stephenson and of his infamous creation, the Rocket, yet little is known of the man himself. This volume is a profile of the self-taught and often testy Geordie, whose Victorian invention is now the backbone of every nation on the planet.
George Stephenson is one of the world’s most famous engineers. His pioneering work on steam-powered locomotion would supercharge the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom and help bring about the heyday of the British Empire. Through his talent and passion for engineering, Stephenson was able to transform the landscape around him, ushering in an era when travel across the country could be achieved in hours instead of days or even weeks. He is the epitome of the self-made man, rising from the lowest of origins to dominate the society in which he lived. Inside you will read about... ✓ A Childhood in Coal ✓ From Illiterate to Engineer ✓ The Self-Made Man ✓ The Safety Lamp Controversy ✓ The Liverpool-Manchester Failure ✓ The Rocket Takes Over the World And much more! This book tells the story of George Stephenson, from those humblest of origins to his final days as one of the country’s most revered and successful men.
Each title in this series tells the story of a man or woman whose dedication to their chosen cause led to changes that affect all our lives today. Each includes a vivid description of the world in which the famous person lived. This title explores the life of locomotive pioneer George Stephenson.