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Birthplace of Robert Stephenson
Willington Quay, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Birthplace of Robert Stephenson
associated engineer
Robert Stephenson
date  16 October 1803
era  Georgian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  NZ325665
photo  Smiles3
Robert Stephenson, the only child of George and Frances, was born here at the time when his father was employed at the works nearby.
Robert Stephenson, who was born two hundred years ago, is chiefly remembered for his role in the birth of the railways.
But his role in the history of structural engineering is no less important. In the course of building railway lines, he set new standards for experimentation with materials that are now seen as early steps in the science of structures.
The north end of the existing Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels is almost exactly where the house in which he was born stood. The family moved to Killingworth not long after Robert was born.
reference sources   DNBSmiles3

Birthplace of Robert Stephenson