Woman engineer drilling an aero engine crankshaft at the Tongland Works in Galloway during the first decades of the 20th Century (Stewartry Museum, Kirkcudbright)

The Latest Newcomen Society Journal – Vol 90 No. 1

Now posted to members direct – Volume 90 No. 1 of The International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology features articles on:

  • Tongland works in Galloway and the women engineers
  • The life and work of John Baildon, the man who took British 18th century iron innivations to Upper Silesia in Prussia between 1793 and 1836.
  • Steam engines on UK roads, 1862-1865: Banning orders, agricultural locomotives and the ‘red flag’ act.
  • The transfer and exploitation of German air-to-air rocket and guided missile technology by the Western Allies after World War II.

There is also an excellent set of book reviews.

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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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