Richard Trevithick Fact Sheet: Who was Richard Trevithick? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Richard Trevithick.
Richard Trevithick Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1771 - 1833 *** Full Name: Richard Trevithick *** Occupation: British Inventor and Mining Engineer *** Date of Birth: Richard Trevithick was born on April 13th 1771 *** Place of Birth: Richard Trevithick was born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, England *** Family background: His father was Richard Trevithick, a mining “captain” and his mother was Ann Teague a miner’s daughter *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with five sisters and was the second youngest child in the family *** Education: Richard Trevithick attended the local village school although he did not apply himself and was described as being “a disobedient, slow, obstinate, spoiled boy, frequently absent and very inattentive” although he did excel at arithmetic ***
Richard Trevithick Fact 1:
Richard Trevithick was born on April
13th 1771 and during the 18th
century period in history when
France and America both went through
revolutions and the Industrial
Revolution began in Britain.
Richard Trevithick Fact 9: In 1797 Trevithick would become an engineer for the Ding Dong Mine and together with Edward Bull they pioneered the use of steam that was highly pressurized.
Richard Trevithick Fact 10:
Around this time he also
experimented with a type of pump
that used a beam engine, a
plunger-pole pump, that became
widely used in the tin mines of
Richard Trevithick Fact 16: The first tunnel to be successfully completed was built by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel with his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843.
Richard Trevithick Fact 17: Some of the other projects he researched included stone crushing, rolling mills, forge hammers, traditional mining applications, blast furnace blowers and boring brass for cannon manufacture.
Richard Trevithick Fact 18:
He caught typhoid in May of 1810 and
Richard Trevithick Fact 21:
Richard Trevithick died of pneumonia
on April 22nd 1833 aged sixty two in
Dartford, Kent with no family or
friends present. His body was laid
to rest in St Edmunds Burial Ground,
East Hill in Dartford.
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