William Jessop, British civil engineer, c1860. Jessop (1745-1814) is particularly well known for his work on canals, harbours and early railways in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1790, with Benjamin Outram (1764-1805), he founded the Butterley Ironworks to manufacture cast-iron edge rails, a design Jessop had used successfully in 1789 with flanged wheels on a railway for horse-drawn coal wagons. (Photo by Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images)
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