(1843–1928), British naval architect. John Thornycroft was born in February 1843, in Rome, Italy, where his parents were studying sculpture. From his father he inherited a love of all things mechanical, and before the age of twenty used his father's studio near London to build the steam launch Nautilus, the first to keep up with the university boat race. The family recognized his ability, and arranged for him to study at Glasgow University, where his teachers included the British mathematician and physicist William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) and the Scottish civil engineer and physicist William John Macquorn Rankine. On completion of his course, he worked in the drawing offices of John Elder and Company, and based on this experience prepared his first professional paper presented to the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 1869.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.