18th Century Engineers
Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Engineers, including James Watt, George Stephenson, Richard Trevithick, David Brewster and William Roy.
James WattJames Watt
19 January 1736, Scottish
Inventor of Steam Engine
George StephensonGeorge Stephenson
09 June 1781, British
Father of Railways

Richard TrevithickRichard Trevithick
13 April 1771, British
Pioneer of steam-powered road & rail transport

Thomas TelfordThomas Telford
09 August 1757, Scottish
Civil Engineer

John SmeatonJohn Smeaton
08 June 1724, British
Civil Engineer

John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
07 June 1761, Scottish
Civil Engineer
Pierre Charles L'EnfantPierre Charles L'Enfant
02 August 1754, French, American
Engineer

George CayleyGeorge Cayley
27 December 1773, British
Engineer

Matthew BoultonMatthew Boulton
03 September 1728, British
Businessperson, Engineer
Marc Isambard BrunelMarc Isambard Brunel
25 April 1769, French, American
Engineer

William PlayfairWilliam Playfair
22 September 1759, British
Economist, Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician
Lazare CarnotLazare Carnot
13 May 1753, French
Mathematician, Politician, Engineer, Officer,

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781, British, Scottish
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

William MurdochWilliam Murdoch
21 August 1754, British
Inventor, Engineer

John Loudon McAdamJohn Loudon McAdam
21 September 1756, British
Civil engineer, Engineer

James BrindleyJames Brindley
1716 AD, British
civil engineer, engineer
Jacques de VaucansonJacques de Vaucanson
24 February 1709, French
Inventor, Engineer

Henry MaudslayHenry Maudslay
22 August 1771, British
Innovator

Joseph BramahJoseph Bramah
13 April 1748, British
Civil engineer, Engineer

Józef BemJózef Bem
14 March 1794, Polish
Engineer
William Hyde WollastonWilliam Hyde Wollaston
06 August 1766, British
Chemist, Physicist, Engineer, Metallurgist

Jean-Baptiste BiotJean-Baptiste Biot
21 April 1774, French
Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer, Civil
David BushnellDavid Bushnell
30 August 1740, American
Inventor

Wolfgang von KempelenWolfgang von Kempelen
23 January 1734, Hungarian
Engineer, Writer, Painter, Playwright, Chess

William Henry AshleyWilliam Henry Ashley
1778 AD, American
Miner
Robert Esnault-PelterieRobert Esnault-Pelterie
08 November 1881, French
Aviation pioneer

Jacob PerkinsJacob Perkins
09 July 1766, American
Inventor
Robert StirlingRobert Stirling
25 October 1790, Scottish
Clergyman

Luigi VanvitelliLuigi Vanvitelli
12 May 1700, Italian
Engineer

Menno van CoehoornMenno van Coehoorn
29 February 1641, Dutch
Soldier
Guillaume Henri DufourGuillaume Henri Dufour
15 September 1787, Swiss, German
Officer

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John ByJohn By
07 August 1779, British
Military Engineer
William FairbairnWilliam Fairbairn
19 February 1789, British, Scottish
Civil engineer

Henry Miller ShreveHenry Miller Shreve
21 October 1785, American
Inventor

William RoyWilliam Roy
04 May 1726, British
Cartographer, Engineer, Geographer

Samuel BenthamSamuel Bentham
11 January 1757, British
Engineer
Matthew MurrayMatthew Murray
1765 AD, British
Engineer
John BlenkinsopJohn Blenkinsop
1783 AD, British
Engineer

Arthur WoolfArthur Woolf
31 October 1766, British
Engineer

Benjamin WrightBenjamin Wright
10 October 1770, American
Civil engineer

Franz Xaver von BaaderFranz Xaver von Baader
27 March 1765, German
Philosopher
Henri PitotHenri Pitot
03 May 1695, French
Engineer

Alexander ParrisAlexander Parris
24 November 1780, American
Architect

Johann Lukas von HildebrandtJohann Lukas von Hildebrandt
14 November 1668, Austrian
Architect

Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de GribeauvalJean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval
15 September 1715, French
Engineer

Andrew MeikleAndrew Meikle
05 May 1719, Scottish
Engineer
Edward John DentEdward John Dent
19 August 1790, British
Watchmaker

Joseph ClementJoseph Clement
13 June 1779, British
Engineer
Erik DahlberghErik Dahlbergh
10 October 1625, Swedish
Military engineer

William HedleyWilliam Hedley
13 July 1779, British
Engineer

John B. JervisJohn B. Jervis
14 December 1795, American
Civil Engineer
Marc SeguinMarc Seguin
20 April 1786, French
Engineer

Claude Antoine, comte Prieur-DuvernoisClaude Antoine, comte Prieur-Duvernois
02 December 1763, French
Engineer
Marc René, marquis de MontalembertMarc René, marquis de Montalembert
16 July 1714, French
Military engineer

Henryk DembińskiHenryk Dembiński
16 January 1791, Polish
Engineer

Eaton HodgkinsonEaton Hodgkinson
26 February 1789, British
Engineer

John HeathcoatJohn Heathcoat
07 August 1783, British
Inventor

Nathan ReadNathan Read
02 July 1759, American
Engineer
Thomas TredgoldThomas Tredgold
22 August 1788, British
Engineer

Robert StevensonRobert Stevenson
08 June 1772, Scottish
engineer, civil engineer

Jean-Rodolphe PerronetJean-Rodolphe Perronet
25 October 1708, French
Architect

Pierre-Marie-Jérôme TrésaguetPierre-Marie-Jérôme Trésaguet
15 January 1716, French
Engineer
Paul MoodyPaul Moody
23 May 1779, American
American inventor and mechanic

Hubert GautierHubert Gautier
21 August 1660, French
Engineer
Philippe LebonPhilippe Lebon
29 May 1767, French
Engineer

Antoine de ChézyAntoine de Chézy
01 September 1718, French
Engineering Technologist

Sir Richard Griffith, 1st BaronetSir Richard Griffith, 1st Baronet
20 September 1784, Irish
Geologist
Émiland GautheyÉmiland Gauthey
03 December 1732, French
Mathematician

Renatus HarrisRenatus Harris
1652 AD, French, British
Instrument Maker
William NicholsonWilliam Nicholson
13 December 1753, British
Chemist and inventor

Johann Georg BodmerJohann Georg Bodmer
06 December 1786, Swiss
Swiss inventor

Robert HoeRobert Hoe
29 October 1784, British, American
Machinist
Johannes GrubenmannJohannes Grubenmann
15 June 1707, Swiss
Engineer

William StricklandWilliam Strickland
31 October 1788, American
Architect
Samuel HallSamuel Hall
1781 AD, British
Engineer

Henry BellHenry Bell
07 April 1767, Scottish
Engineer

James GeddesJames Geddes
22 July 1763, American
Engineer

Nicolas-Louis RobertNicolas-Louis Robert
02 December 1761, French
French inventor
Joshua FieldJoshua Field
1786 AD, British
Civil engineer
Bernard Forest de BelidorBernard Forest de Belidor
1698 AD, Spanish, French
Engineer

Claude-François-Dorothée, marquis de Jouffroy d'AbbansClaude-François-Dorothée, marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans
30 September 1751, French
Engineer

Pierre du BuatPierre du Buat
23 April 1734, French
Engineer