A section of Joseph von Baader’s new hydraulic equipment for pumping water in the Royal Gardens in Nymphenburg, 1804 (Deutsches Museum)

The Latest Newcomen Society Journal – Vol 89 No’s 1 & 2

Now posted to members direct – Volume 89 of The International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology is a bumper 275 page edition with half of the contributions coming from outside the UK – a truly International issue!

It includes a feature on the Time Ball at Port Louis, Mauritius built independently by the “colourful” Royal Engineer Lieutenant Colonel John Augustus Lloyd in 1833, as well as tales of the Industrial copying of US technology in pre-war Germany with clear echoes of today’s US / China relationship.  The Dickinson Lecture given by Mike Chrimes on Engineering Biography covers men and women who have shaped the world. In the lecture he considers the salaries of engineers, their accumulated wealth as measures of their lifetime success, as well as their literary successes and scandals that marked their career. Also featured is Michael Eckert‘s report on The Struggles of Joseph von Baader, who applied the technology he learned in England and Scotland back in Bavaria.

The printed Journal is exclusively available to full members of the Newcomen Society, as part of their annual subscription.  Associate Members have access to the online version.  Should you wish to join the Society to obtain a copy and other benefits, please see details below.

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Having just celebrated its Centenary Year, the society has published over a 1000 papers in The Journal – an invaluable archive of original research material published twice a year, covering all aspects of engineering from ancient times to the present, plus available to browse and download in our FREE TO MEMBERS Archive.

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  • Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology (two issues, one volume per year)
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About the Author: Jonathan Aylen

Jonathan Aylen is immediate Past-President of the Newcomen Society and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research within Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. A former economist, he now specialises in innovation management and environmental management. For the past decade he has also undertaken historical research.

Jonathan has contributed papers to the Newcomen Society’s International Journal of the History of Engineering and Technology on the transfer of steel technology from the USA to Wales, on early process control computers and on weapons design and development, including the Bloodhound Guided missile and the Blue Danube bomb.

Dr Aylen has travelled widely throughout the world steel industry, given advice to international bodies and governments on steel issues and commented frequently on television and radio. He recently published a book with Ruggero Ranieri, Ribbon of Fire, on how the wide strip mill for steel came to Europe from the USA.

Jonathan’s current research focuses on Cold War technology and, in particular, the use of American TOPS computer software by British Rail in the 1970’s.

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