George Bidder, of Devonshire, AET.13.Whose extraordinary power of Calculation developed itself without instruction & reached an unprecedented height before he attained his seventh year. From a Miniature in the possession of the Rev.d Tho.s Jephson, of St. John's College Cambridge.
[London, Published June 25, 1819, by Colnaghi & Co. Cockspur Street.]
Engraving. 254 x 209mm (10 x 8¼"). Cut inside platemark.
George Parker Bidder (1806-1878), the English engineer, architect and calculating prodigy. In 1834 Robert Stephenson, whose acquaintance he had made in Edinburgh, offered him an appointment on the London & Birmingham Railway, and in the succeeding year or two he began to assist George Stephenson in his parliamentary work, which at that time included schemes for railways between London and Brighton and between Manchester and Rugby via the Potteries. In 1837 he was engaged with Stephenson in building the Blackwall Railway, and it was he who designed the peculiar method of disconnecting a carriage at each station while the rest of the train went on without stopping, which was employed in the early days of that line when it was worked by means of a cable. He also advised on the construction of the Belgian railways; with Robert Stephenson he made the first railway in Norway, from Christiania to Eidsvold; he was engineer-in-chief of the Danish railways, and he was largely concerned with railways in India, where he strongly and successfully opposed break of gauge on through routes. In 1860 he was elected president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was also one of the founders of the Electric Telegraph Company, which enabled the public generally to enjoy the benefits of telegraphic communication. In hydraulic engineering, he was the designer of the Victoria Docks (London). Bidder also investigated the practicality of steam trawlers in conjunction with Samuel Lake.
See Ref: 3964 for him as an adult.
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