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Wilson, Robert (1803–1882), engineer

C. W. Sutton

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Wilson, Robert (1803–1882), engineer, was born at Dunbar, East Lothian, where his father, a fisherman, was drowned in 1810. He became an expert sculler, and conceived the idea of making a hand-cranked propeller to be fixed to the stern of vessels. After a meagre education, he was apprenticed to a joiner. The problem of his propeller continued to occupy his attention, and in 1827 his model was brought to the notice of the ...

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Subjects: Engineering (General)

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