A happy anniversary

I have read and enjoyed many of your Engineer 150 pieces. I was a little surprised, however, by a few of the articles chosen for inclusion and some that were left out.

As he is considered our greatest engineer, I thought there could be more on Brunel’s work, especially his bridges and railways.

I know it must have been tempting to seize on the topicality of Wembley stadium, but as a lasting monument to engineering ability it hardly compares to many of Brunel’s achievements. .


C Allison,
Stockport




The detail of the writing in the old copies of The Engineer featured on your website is tremendous. I read and enjoy the magazine, and realise that it would probably be impractical to produce such depth of detail now, which is a shame. Maybe we all have far shorter attention spans these days. Will there be any more of these items?



James Perry,
Nottingham





Congratulations on your fine anniversary issue, with its reference to Sir Henry Bessemer.



Bessemer was interviewed by US engineer Zerah Colburn, editor of the Engineer from 1858 to 1864, who introduced him to his New York-based business colleague Alexander Holley. It was Holley who took out the US licence on Bessemer‘s process, and pioneered the launch of Bessemer steel in the US.



For more, see my book ‘Zerah Colburn: The Spirit of Darkness’.



John Mortimer
ex-editor The Engineer
Milton Keynes




Editor’s note: We hope the range of archive material had something for everyone. We plan to make more available, and will take into account all the views expressed when choosing which to reproduce.


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