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.
This article from April 1965 reports on the Rover BRM Gas Turbine car, which was poised to become the first gas-turbine powered vehicle to officially compete in the Le Mans 24 hours race.
One of the earliest precursors to the tank may have resembled an upturned bathtub but it impressed the Edwardian Engineer nonetheless.
In April 1884 The Engineer was picking over the aftermath of one of the UK’s biggest ever seismic events: the great English earthquake.
The building of the original Wembley Stadium was a feat of — literally — military precision, including formation marching. It was also unthinkably fast by today’s standards, as Stuart Nathan explains.
First proposed in 1802, then alternately rejected and resurrected over the course of the following two centuries, the Channel Tunnel was back on the agenda in 1875.
Before Tower Bridge took its place on the London skyline, people had to go underground to cross the river. The Engineer described the construction of the now-forgotten Tower Subway, a forerunner of the modern deep-level Tube. Stuart Nathan reports
The Engineer’s 1959 article on Japan’s first nuclear power station, is a poignant reminder of both the UK’s diminished expertise in this area, and the impact of the 2011 Fukushima crisis.
At the beginning of the Swinging 60s, The Engineer reported on the commissioning of the UK’s experimental gas-cooled nuclear reactor. Almost 50 years later, we were there when it became the first reactor to be fully decommissioned.
While always championing innovation, The Engineer hasn’t always been in favour of change for change’s sake — and it could be pretty scathing when the mood took it, as this mid-19th century review demonstrates
Feb 1961, and The Engineer took a look at the proposed design of a structure which has become one of London’s best-known landmarks: the building known today as the BT tower.
The Engineer reports on the first test of an important new technology: the steam catapult
January 1920. And the pages of The Engineer were ablaze with an ill-tempered debate on female engineers which illustrates dramatically how much industry - and The Engineer itself - has changed over the last century.
Immortalised in popular memory by a famously terrible poem, the collapse of the Tay Bridge in Scotland was a terrible event which caused almost palpable shock in TheEngineer
To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the London Underground The Engineer looks back to 1863 and a speech given to mark the occasion by John Fowler, chief engineer on the first line.
One of Britain’s most prominent automotive engineers turned his attention to allieviating the suffering of polio victims at the height of epidemics during the 1950s
The history of British civil aircraft is dotted with magnificent failures. The industry’s ability to design awe-inspiring vehicles that didn’t make any money was in itself an impressive feat. This year saw the 60th anniversary of the launch of one of the most noteworthy blunders: the Princess flying boat.
Just week’s after reporting on the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The Engineer mourned the passing of another giant of British industry: Robert Stephenson.
Revered today as one of Britain’s most iconic figures, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was viewed rather differently by many of his contempories, not least the premier engineering journal of the day
Moonbounce experiments and Arthur C Clarke: our coverage of the beginnings of satellite telecommunications anticipates the launch of Telstar