One of the best-known engineering disasters resulted from a lack of knowledge of materials behaviour and of how the size of the structure would affect how it interacted with the wind
A wonder of its day, the first aluminium military vessel, a torpedo boat, caused a stir when it appeared in the Thames. But the wonder-metal had later problems
Anderson’s Equilibrio Couch was designed to offer relief to green-gilled seafarers
Military minds wondering how to equip the modern soldier with the means to safely travel long distances while burdened with gadgets may like to consider reviving the idea of the horse tank - a startling concept in cavalry technology described in the first-ever issue of The Engineer.
Today’s submarines boast some of the most advanced propulsion systems ever developed, but back in the early days of underwater travel the means of propulsion was somewhat more primitive.
Sometimes pedestrians just get in the way of cyclists, and no amount of bell ringing, horn honking, or friendly shouting will induce them to move. In 1896 The Engineer presented a somewaht extreme solution to this problem that thankfully never saw the light of day — a bicycle with a machine gun mounted on the handlebars.’
The murky streets of Victorian England could be a dangerous place. And in a world where strangulation was the killer’s favored technique the garrotte proof cravat provided some welcome protection
The Engineer’s opinions on the foreruners of today’s Research Councils were sceptical and, to today’s eyes, surprisingly jaundiced
The horologist who designed the clock of the Palace of Westminster was a formidable, combative personality but well-respected for his ingenuity and skill
Our obituary of the remarkable inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse doesn’t mention the rivalry for which he’s best-known today
The early 20th century was awash with automotive innovations, some of which went onto to dominate the industry over the following decades, whilst others didn’t quite have the transformative impact their inventors expected.
The Engineer was dubious about Captain Malcolm Campbell’s claim have broken the world land speed record on Pendine Sands
Soon to be superseded by the jet-powered V-bombers, the Lincoln represented the last gasp of WWII technology for the RAF.
The Engineer was dubious about the development process for the fearsome English Electric Lightning
Dripping with patriotism, The Engineer’s coverage of the Festival’s South Bank site shows Britain still wanted to seem pre-eminent in many areas
The Engineer reported on the opening of an r&d centre that played a starring role in some of the UK telecomms industry’s defining moments
In October 1960, The Engineer reported on the opening of two new high speed wind tunnels at the Warton Aerodrome, near Preston.
Electric vehicles were being used by the emergency services a century ago, and were seen as the best technological option
Nearly half a century before the world’s first electric domestic washing machine was introduced The Engineer reported on a novel domestic washing machine that employed a strikingly different concept to today’s rotary machines.
Two prolific inventors, one still famous today, the other less so, clashed in the The Engineer over the invention of one of the key technologies of the modern world.
An editorial from the early days of The Engineer illustrates our long-held obsession with rapid train travel
Fifty five years ago this week The Engineer reported on the development of the first hovercraft
Small enough to be carried benath an aricraft’s wing or on a car’s roof rack the Hiller XROE 1 rotorcycle - a collapsible singe-seat helicopter - generated great excitement when it was demonstrated in London in 1958.
Britain’s largest guns to date were designed for shipboard use aboard the Royal Navy’s latest warships
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, the prolific electrical engineer who held 176 patents and was instrumental in bringing electricity generation to London.
The maiden test flights of the Zeppelin Hindenberg gave no hint of the disaster to come
As the First World War raged and following a shock attack on neutral merchant ships, the government was anxious to quell public concern about the threat to shipping posed by German U-boats
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The Engineer gets its first look at the The Armstrong-Whitworth “Seaslug”, the UK Navy’s first guided surface to air missile
Blackpool had the first electric tram system in the UK, and it survived the vogue for removing tram systems in the 1960s. But its original technology had problems with the British seaside weather.
Experimental jet-propelled aircraft were at an advanced stage of developement in the early 1940s but failed to have an impact on the outcome of the war
The daily commute on London Underground took on a terrifying new challenge in 1939 when the capital’s subterranean commuters ran the very real risk of being drowned during their journey.
The Engineer’s visit to the production line of Britain’s heaviest tank to date marvelled at the production process, but could have had no clue as to what a formidable machine it would turn out to be.
A decade on from the Wright Brothers’ powered flight landmark The Engineer was unconvinced that aviation had much of a future as a civilian mode of transport.
The lack of written records from telephone calls led to the invention of a contraption which allowed handwriting to be sent down the wires
Even in the darkest days of the First World War, engineers were involved in caring for the wounded, as well as building the instruments of warfare itself
Yet to make their mark in military or civil aerospace, electromagnetic launch systems were already under development over sixty years ago
Charles Babbage may now be famous as the father of computing, but to his contemporaries at The Engineer he was a difficult, forbidding figure better known for his failures than his successes
Sir Harry Ricardo was an important figure in the development of internal combustion engines, and he shared his memories of the early years of motoring in The Engineer
With the First World War almost over The Engineer looked in detail at The Fokker Single-Seater Biplane: a German fighter designed to replace Fokker’s rather accident-prone triplane.
A certain degree of pleasure appears to have been derived in dismissing the efforts of two engineers as fanciful indulgance.
A new lifeboat for New Brighton was the most advanced of its kind in the world
The attempt to lay a new telegraph cable across the Atlantic after the first one failed was fraught with problems. The Engineer was completely baffled.
Built for the White Star Line, the RMS Oceanic was the world’s largest ship. The Engineer reported on her maiden voyage.
The flamboyant showman behind Britain’s early aviation history featured fleetingly in our pages
The Engineer paid a visit to London’s Alexandra Palace to examine a trial of television broadcasting technology
The ornate Abbey Mills pumping station, part of Joseph Bazalgette’s emblematic London sewer engineering project, still draws the eye in East London, and in 1867 The Engineer waxed lyrical about it.
Our predecessors were far from impressed by the development of a gun designed to fire projectiles filled with dynamite or nitro-glycerine.
The Engineer reported from a French contest that showcased the latest technology in the field of horseless carriages.
Hubert Latham’s pioneering attempt to fly across the channel was unsuccessful, but at least he became the first person land a plane on a body of water
The Engineer’s report on the machines used to create one of the modern engineering wonders of the world included hints at some of the terrible troubles it would go on to face.
By the middle of the First World War the outlook for female workers had changed to such an extent that two company directors proposed a factory staffed by women only
The first glimpses of the world inside the atom set The Engineer on a speculative path, replete with digs at pure scientists and science fiction writers and hope of new materials and inexhaustible power
The Engineer reported on the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s efforts to restore bomber engines damaged by enemy action or crash landings.
The Engineer reported how one Frenchman was determined to get maimed soldiers working again after serving in the First World War
The Engineer gave a detailed report of both the engineering behind the bridge that began the architectural transformation of New York and the tragic circumstances of its construction.
Stirling Moss’s victory in the Mille Miglia prompted The Engineer to indulge in some harsh criticism of the British motorsport sector
A letter to The Times from an eminent naval architect triggered a thoughtful article in The Engineer on compromise, risk and safety following the Titanic disaster
The destruction of the Hindenburg brought the age of the airship to a shocking close. In 1937 The Engineer reported on the design and construction techniques behind this iconic aircraft.
The first images from inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor since it was constructed in the 1950s have been obtained. In 1955, The Engineer reported on the concepts behind the reactor, and how it was built to be safe — but not to be dismantled.