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British Industrial History

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1871.

1815-1871

Chief engineer on the Mont Cenis Tunnel.[1]

1858 Patented the first compressed air drill, developed for use on the Mont Cenis Tunnel. One source states that Giovanni Battista Piatti preceded him [2], while another states that it was based on an idea by Thomas Bartlett[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1871/10/13 page 247.
  2. [1] Wikipedia
  3. 'A History of Technology and Invention - Progress through the Ages - The Expansion of Mechanization: 1725-1860' Edited by Maurice Daumas, translated by Eileen B. Hennessy, Crown Publishers Inc. First published in France in 1968 as 'Histoire Générale des Techniques', p.525