Engineering Heroes Some of my engineering heroes are widely known, like George Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. But others will be less well known. Maudsley was the great pioneer of machine tools. Stanley Hooker supercharged the Merlin aero engine.
John Smeaton The first civil engineer (as distinct from military engineers). He built the Eddystone Lighthouse that finally stood up to the sea, after the failure of Winstanley lighthouse, swept away in the Great Storm, (documented by Defoe) and the burning down of the wooden Rudyerd Lighthouse. Smeaton's design became the template for future offshore lighthouses. It used to be seen on the reverse of the British halfpenny coin. Smeaton also built the splendid bridge over the Tweed at Coldstream, among many other achievements.
Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine.
Frank Whittle, inventor of the gas turbine, or jet engine.