Becoming an engineer in industrialising Great Britain circa 1760-1820

Peter Jones

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This article explores the history of the engineer in Great Britain at a time when the transformation in the infrastructure of the country being brought about by the Industrial Revolution turned the practice of engineering from a trade into a profession. In pursuing the theme of technology transfer, it also sheds light on the trans-national context in which the early engineers acquired their experience and conducted their business. This article draws on research into the Archives of Soho (the Boulton & Watt steam engine partnership) and the technological travel literature of the 'industrial enlightenment'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-232
Number of pages18
JournalEngineering Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Soho Manufactory
  • military engineer
  • Society of Civil Engineers
  • professionalisation
  • engineer
  • James Watt
  • technology transfer
  • secrecy
  • Matthew Boulton
  • science
  • mechanic


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