Sir Rowland Hill, KCB, FRS was an English teacher, inventor and social reformer. He campaigned for a comprehensive reform of the postal system, based on the concept of Uniform Penny Post and his solution of pre-payment, facilitating the safe, speedy and cheap transfer of letters. Hill later served as a government postal official, and he is usually credited with originating the basic concepts of the modern postal service, including the invention of the postage stamp. Hill made the case that if letters were cheaper to send, people, including the poorer classes, would send more of them, thus eventually profits would go up. Proposing an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage – with the first being the Penny Black – in 1840, the first year of Penny Post, the number of letters sent in the UK more than doubled. Within 10 years, it had doubled again.
|Born:||December 03, 1795, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England|
|Died:||August 27, 1879, Hampstead, London, England|
|Resting place:||Westminster Abbey|
|Occupation:||schoolteacher, social reformer, postal administrator|
|Known for:||Uniform Penny Post|
|Awards:||Albert Medal (1864)|
About Rowland Hill
Reformer of the postal system and inventor of the first postage stamp.
He worked as a student-teacher, specializing in astronomy. As a hobby, he painted landscapes.
He worked on reforming England’s school system and helped to colonize the continent of Australia.
His father Thomas Wright Hill was an acclaimed educator and politician.
He was selected to join other luminaries, such as Captain James Cook, as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Information related to Rowland Hill
- Edwin Hill – his brother.
- Penny Blue – The Penny Blue is frequently mistaken for a postage stamp of Britain.
- Postal pioneers
- Postal history
- American Philatelic Society
- Burials at Westminster Abbey
- English inventors
- 19th-century English people
- 18th-century English people
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