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[stee-vuh n-suh n] /ˈsti vən sən/
George, 1781–1848, English inventor and engineer.
his son, Robert, 1803–59, English engineer. Unabridged
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  • His originality as an inventor has indeed been called in question, like that of Watt and Stephenson.

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  • Stephenson was heard to say, by some of the workmen, that he could repair it.

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  • To this place Stephenson first came as a brakesman about the beginning of 1805.

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British Dictionary definitions for Stephenson


George. 1781–1848, British inventor of the first successful steam locomotive (1814); constructed the first railway line to carry passengers, the Stockton and Darlington Railway (opened 1825)
his son, Robert. 1803–59, British engineer, noted for his construction of railway bridges and viaducts, esp the tubular bridge over the Menai Strait
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