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History of engineer.

1803: Robert Stephenson born in Willington Quay to father George, an engine brakesman, and his wife Frances.

1819 Robert is apprenticed as a mining engineer to Nicholas Wood at Killingworth Collieries. 1821 Robert helps George with surveying the Stockton & Darlington railway.

1823 At 19 years of age, becomes managing partner in Robert Stephenson & Co, and sets up the world's first purpose-built locomotive factory in South Street, Newcastle. 1829 Marries Frances Sanderson.

They live in Greenfield Place, Newcastle. Plays major role in design of the Rocket locomotive, which wins the Rainhill trials.

1834 In charge of building the unprecedented 111-mile London to Birmingham railway. Later travels Europe as a railway consultant.

1859 Robert dies, less than a month after fellow engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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Date:Oct 15, 2009
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