The profession of engineering is certainly marvellous and indeed praiseworthy. With their intelligence and skills, engineers have created wonderful masterpieces from the ancient times which makes people ponder about the beautiful magic of these geniuses. From the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal to the stupendous Leaning Tower of Pisa and many such amazing engineering creations of yore, it is no surprise that engineering is the most sought after profession for most of the people. Some of the best engineering minds of this world quoted highly on the efficiency of engineering.
In the modern era, almost everything is dominated by technology and the world has become a global village. With a number of social media sites to astounding electronic gadgets, the comfort level of every person is increasing day by day. This Engineer’s Day, let us pay a tribute to all the wonderful fathers of various branches of engineering.
JOHN SMEATON : FATHER OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
Born in 1724 in Leeds, England to a lawyer, John Smeaton earned accolades for constructing a number of canals, bridges, harbours and lighthouses. Leaving his father’s law firm to follow his passion, he is credited for developing a pyrometer to study expansion of materials and also for the horizontal top. His marvellous papers that were a storehouse of amazing engineering knowledge led him to be elected as a Fellow Of The Royal Society and his outstanding research of waterwheels and windmills brought him the Copley Medal.
CHARLES BABBAGE : FATHER OF COMPUTER ENGINEERING
The first inventor of the digital computer, Charles Babbage’s life was truly inspiring. Born in 1791 in London, England , he fought against all obstacles and failures and emerged as a highly successful person in his field. While studying at Cambridge, he was a member of a number of scientific societies and became the professor of his dear alma mater after having failed three times to do so. He is also famous for developing many computer models, specially the Difference Engine. He was also a member of the Fellow Of The Royal Society.
MICHAEL FARADAY: FATHER OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Though Michael Faraday had little formal education, he was one of the greatest scientist in history who made major contributions to the field of electricity. Born in 1791 in England to a very poor family, he read many scientific books during his seven year apprenticeship career to George Riebau, a bookbinder and a bookseller and gained a vast knowledge in science. He is mostly famous for contributing significantly to the studies of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. A number of organizations have created prizes and awards in his name.
SIR JOHN AMBROSE FLEMING : FATHER OF ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING
Highly praised for inventing the diode, the simplest vacuum tube which has played a huge role in changing the way of long-distance communication through radios and radars to a whole new level, Fleming was born in Lancester, England in 1849.He was a very religious person and also a talented photographer and artist. Apart from having a number of degrees and awards in his belt, he also lectured in many prestigious universities. He also authored a large number of scientific books and is truly an outstanding scientist.
JAMES WATT : FATHER OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Famous for inventing the steam engine , James Watt was born in Scotland, England in 1736. He was a member of many prestigious societies . He was a self-made man who made a mark in the engineering field by initially setting up his own instrument making business. Watt had little formal education. The remarkable invention of the steam engine lead the Bank of England to print his image on a 50 pound note as a mark of honour.
The above mentioned personalities are some of the greatest engineers of all times. But there are many such genius engineers whose inventions are mind blowing. Many engineers have changed and improved the way of living for millions of people in this world. Happy Engineer’s Day to all the engineers out there!