William Froude

(1810—1879) engineer and naval architect

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(1810–1879), British scientific researcher and the originator of model research in naval architecture. Son of the Venerable Robert H. Froude (1771?–1859), archdeacon of Totnes and rector of Denbury and Dartington, William Froude was born on November 28, 1810, at Dartington, Devon.Froude studied mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford; his younger brother, James Anthony Froude (1818–1894), later became Regius Professor of History at Oxford. After his studies, William Froude went to work for I. K. Brunel to help with the construction of the Great Eastern Railway. He became involved in shipbuilding through the construction of Great Eastern for this company at the shipyard of John Scott Russell of London.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.

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