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Dionysius Lardner

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Dr. Dionysius Lardner (1793–1859) was a writer on science and public lecturer.

Born on 3 April 1793 in Dublin, the son of William Lardner (d. 1808), a solicitor.

Lardner matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1812 and graduated BA in 1817, MA in 1819, and LLB and LLD in 1827.

1815 December 19th. Married Cecilia Flood and they separated in 1820.

He oversaw seven editions of 'The Steam Engine Familiarly Explained and Illustrated'.

Lardner was editor of the Cabinet Cyclopedia, which he had proposed to the Longman publishing group in 1827 or 1828, and continued through the 1830s. It eventually comprised 133 volumes, published between 1830 and 1844.

Lardner's activities of the 1830s were diverse, but its main focus was on the steam engine and its applications to rail and sea transport.

Lardner died at Naples on 29 April 1859.

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