The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool?

Posted: June 20th, 2017
When:
May 9, 2018 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
2018-05-09T17:45:00+01:00
2018-05-09T19:45:00+01:00
Where:
LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
165 Queen's Gate
Kensington, London SW7 5HD
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
London Meetings
0207 3714445

The Dickinson Memorial Lecture will be given by Mike Chrimes. the title of his lecture is Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool?

Mike Chrimes is a long-standing member of the Newcomen Society, serving on its Council and acting as Reviews Editor for many years. He is currently involved in the inter-societal organising committee for the Early Main Line Railway Conference, 2018. He became interested in the history of engineering through his work in the Library of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a concern over the paucity and meagerness of the literature of the subject. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of civil engineering, including contributions to The Civil Engineers (2011), and The Contractors (2014) with Hugh Ferguson. Hugh and Mike are now working on The Consultants. From 1996 Mike was involved with ICE’s Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers Project, which resulted in 3 volumes covering the periods 1500-1830 (2002); 1830-1890  (2008) and 1890-1920 (2014). Other books include Civil engineering 1839-1889 (1991); The Civil engineering of canals and railways (1997); Historic concrete (with Sutherland and Humm) (2002) and Robert Stephenson– (with Michael Bailey) (2003). Mike has written numerous papers and served on English Heritage’s Industrial Archaeology Panel. In 2007 Mike’s historical contribution was recognised with the American Society of Civil Engineers History and Heritage Award. He has had a long career, at the ICE,  providing information on civil engineering. A belief in the capability of the internet and digital communications to deliver better, and better value, knowledge transfer for all members was fundamental to this. His service for ICE was recognised by the award of the Garth Watson medal in 1996, and again in 2014, and the Spirit of Telford Award in 2007 and was awarded an MBE in January 2011 for services to engineering.

 

 

  • Forthcoming Events

    Jan
    2
    Wed
    2019
    7:00 pm The Cobb Land Speed Record Car @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    The Cobb Land Speed Record Car @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew
    Jan
    9
    Wed
    2019
    5:45 pm The ‘Vergniais’ cast iron arch b... @ LONDON Dana Studio
    The ‘Vergniais’ cast iron arch b... @ LONDON Dana Studio
    Jan 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Bernard Espion: The “Vergniais” cast iron arch bridges: a French capital venture in times of technological change (1850-1860)
    Jan
    10
    Thu
    2019
    7:30 pm Lecture TBC @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Lecture TBC @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
     
    Jan
    15
    Tue
    2019
    6:30 pm Steam Reforming – The Technology... @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Steam Reforming – The Technology... @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Dr Fred Starr: Steam Reforming – The Technology that Saved the Gas Industry, with special emphasis on Portsmouth Gas Works
    Jan
    28
    Mon
    2019
    6:30 pm Who Designed the Clifton Suspens... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Who Designed the Clifton Suspens... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton: Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction. Construction of I K Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge was abandoned in 1853 and not completed until 1864 to a different[...]
    Jan
    29
    Tue
    2019
    6:30 pm It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Bob Bowden: It’s not just about the robot! The development of automated welding
  • Bloodhound supersonic car project axed https://t.co/mTPZRnotTU

    'TOPS - British Rail's 1st Computerised Train Operating System'

    Wed 5 December 7pm @thinktankmuseum Our next FREE talk provided by @Newcomen_Mid & @BM_AG

    Thanks @railwaymuseum @BCLM @svrofficialsite @GWSR @ChasewaterRail @LlanfairLine @MidlandRailway @ComputerHistory @BCS

    Load More...

  • Latest News

    • The Newcomen Diary

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: May 9, 2018 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2018-05-09T17:45:00+01:00 2018-05-09T19:45:00+01:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free […]

    • Newcomen Links 247

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: May 9, 2018 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2018-05-09T17:45:00+01:00 2018-05-09T19:45:00+01:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free […]

    • Newcomen Links 247

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: May 9, 2018 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2018-05-09T17:45:00+01:00 2018-05-09T19:45:00+01:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free […]

    • White Salt Industry, booking extended to 19 October

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: May 9, 2018 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2018-05-09T17:45:00+01:00 2018-05-09T19:45:00+01:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free […]

    • More News...