George Stephenson 1781 - 1848
- English; British
- born in:
- Wylam, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
1799 - began to learn to read and write in his spare time.
1801 - appointed ‘brakesman’ at the Dolly pit at Black Callerton.
1804 - moved to Killingworth following his appointment as brakesman to the West Moor colliery engine.
1814 - the Blucher constructed at the West Moor colliery.
1815 - prototype 'Geordie' safety lamp was tested at Killingworth.
1821 - recruited to the Stockton and Darlington Railway project.
1829 - first trial of The Rocket.
1830 - decided to retire completely from active work though still acted as consultant engineer on most railway projects.
1835 - received knighthood from Leopold I of Belgium.
1838 - elected vice-president of the mechanical science section of the British Association.
1847 - became president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.