He became the youngest
President of the Institution of Civil
Engineers and was awarded a Knight Commander
of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint
George as well as being given a baronetcy.
Sir John Fowler Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1817 - 1898 *** Full Name: Sir John Fowler *** Occupation: English Civil Engineer *** Date of Birth: Sir John Fowler was born on July 15th 1817 *** Place of Birth: Sir John Fowler was born in Wadsley, Sheffield, England *** Family background: His father was John Fowler and his mother was Elizabeth Swann *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with five brothers and three sisters *** Education: Sir John Fowler was educated in a private school at Whitley Hall near Ecclesfield followed by becoming a pupil of John Towlerton Leather, an engineer at Sheffield Water Works ***
Sir John Fowler Fact 1: Sir
John Fowler was born on July 15th
1817 and during the 19th century
period in history when great strides
were made in the industrial
revolution, the Victoria era was
coming to a close and there were
vast technological advances being
Sir John Fowler Fact 3: They
then began the project of the West
Cumberland and Furness Railway.
Sir John Fowler Fact 8: In 1850 he married Elizabeth Broadbent and together they had four sons.
Sir John Fowler Fact 9: During his career he became chief engineer for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.
Sir John Fowler Fact 10: He was also engineer for the East Lincolnshire Railway, the Severn Valley Railway and the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway.
Sir John Fowler Fact 11:
By 1853 he would become the chief
engineer for the world’s first
underground railway, the
Metropolitan Railway in London.
Sir John Fowler Fact 15: Edward Watkin who was the chairman of the Metropolitan Railway in 1872 stated “No engineer in the world was so highly paid” with his remuneration for his work being in the region of one hundred and fifty two thousand pounds, the equivalent of twelve million today. Although not all of this money stayed with Fowler, it also went on contractors and other staff members.
Sir John Fowler Fact 16: Various other projects he consulted on included the London Tilbury and Southend Railway, the Great Northern Railway, the Cheshire Lines Railway and the Highland Railway.
Sir John Fowler Fact 17: When Isambard Kingdom Brunel died in 1859, Fowler was asked to step into the breach on the Great Western Railway.
Sir John Fowler Fact 18:
His consulting work also extended
beyond the United Kingdom to
projects in the United States,
Australia, Algeria, Egypt, Belgium,
Germany, France and Portugal and in
1870 he was giving advice to the
Sir John Fowler Fact 20: Sir John Fowler died on November 20th 1898 in Bournemouth, Dorset in England aged eighty one years. His body was laid to rest in Brompton Cemetery in London.
Influence and Legacy: His legacy is a lasting one that can been seen in the railway networks nationwide as well as worldwide and in the London Underground system that he pioneered.
List of Awards given to Sir John Fowler: He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 1885, he was created a baronet in 1890, he was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh also in 1890 and in 1892 he was given the Poncelet Prize ***
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