Thomas Telford (Engineer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Thomas Telford

Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and road, bridge and canal builder. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire, he designed numerous infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels. Such was his reputation as a prolific designer of highways and related bridges, he was dubbed The Colossus of Roads, and, reflecting his command of all types of civil engineering in the early 19th century, he was elected as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a post he held for 14 years until his death.

Born: August 9, 1757, Glendinning, Westerkirk, Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died: September 2, 1834, 24 Abingdon Street, Westminster, London, England
Nationality: British

About Thomas Telford

Scottish civil engineer and architect known for his construction of canals, bridges, and roads in the U.K. He was the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Before Fame

He was apprenticed to a stonemason at the age of fourteen and worked in Edinburgh until he moved to London.


He became a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1821.

Family Life

His father, John Telford, was a shepherd who died shortly after he was born. He was raised by his mother, Janet.


Rudolf Virchow was also a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Information related to Thomas Telford

  • Thomas Telford Category
  • Telford Medal – The Telford Medal is a prize awarded by the British Institution of Civil Engineers for a paper or series of papers. It was introduced in 1835 following a bequest made by Thomas Telford, the ICE’s first president.
  • Scottish stonemasons
  • Harbour engineers
  • British bridge engineers
  • Scottish autobiographers
  • Scottish civil engineers
  • Scottish philanthropists
  • Presidents of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Scottish architects
  • People of the Industrial Revolution
  • Burials at Westminster Abbey

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Latest information about Thomas Telford updated on September 01, 2020.

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