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List of notable or famous civil engineers from England, with bios and photos, including the top civil engineers born in England and even some popular civil engineers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English civil engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These civil engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known civil engineer from England is included when available.

List contains people like Robert Stephenson and John Braithwaite.

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Alexander Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 81 (1847-1928) Sir Alexander Blackie William Kennedy, LLD, FRS, FRGS, better known simply as Alexander Kennedy, was a leading British civil and electrical engineer and academic. A member of many institutions ...more

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Alexander Meadows Rendel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 90 (1828-1918) Sir Alexander Meadows Rendel was an English civil engineer. Rendel was born in Plymouth. He was the eldest son of the engineer James Meadows Rendel and his wife Catherine Harris. Three of his ...more

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Alfred Pippard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Alfred Pippard Died at 78 (1891-1969) Alfred John Sutton Pippard MBE FRS was a British civil engineer and academic. Pippard was the son of a carpenter and joiner and spent much of his early life helping his father on construction ...more

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Arthur Hartley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Arthur Hartley Died at 71 (1889-1960) Arthur Clifford Hartley, CBE was a British civil engineer. Graduating with a bachelor's degree from Imperial College London, Hartley worked for the North Eastern Railway and an asphalt ...more

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Benjamin Baker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 67 (1840-1907) Sir Benjamin Baker KCB KCMG FRS FRSE was an eminent English civil engineer who worked in mid to late Victorian era. He helped develop the early underground railways in London with Sir John ...more

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Charles Collier Michell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 58 (1793-1851) Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Collier Michell, later known as Charles Cornwallis Michell, was a British soldier, first surveyor-general in the Cape, road engineer, architect, artist and

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Claire Barratt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
age 44 Claire Barratt is an industrial archaeologist, steam engineer and television presenter from the UK. She studied civil engineering at the University of Portsmouth, and whilst doing so, became ...more

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Edward Betts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 57 (1815-1872) Edward Ladd Betts was an English civil engineering contractor who was mainly involved in the building of railways.

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Edward Leader Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 82 (1828-1910) Sir Edward Leader Williams was an English civil engineer, chiefly remembered as the designer of the Manchester Ship Canal, but also heavily involved in other canal projects in north Cheshire.

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Edward Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 89 (1814-1903) Edward Woods was a British civil engineer.

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George Barclay Bruce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 87 (1821-1908) Sir George Barclay Bruce was a British civil engineer. Bruce was primarily a railway engineer who worked for many railway companies in Britain, Europe, Asia and South America. He was closely ...more

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George Christian Darbyshire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 78 (1820-1898) George Christian Darbyshire was an English and Australian civil engineer. He was the second son of George Darbyshire, also a surveyor and railway engineer.

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George Grove is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 80 (1820-1900) Sir George Grove, CB was an English writer on music, known as the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Grove was trained as a civil engineer, and successful in that ...more

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George Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 86 (1819-1905) George Robert Stephenson was a British civil engineer. Stephenson was born to Robert Stephenson Senior in Newcastle upon Tyne. He was born into a great family of civil engineers, his father was ...more

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George Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 67 (1781-1848) George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester ...more

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Harold Harding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Harold Harding Died at 86 (1900-1986) Sir Harold John Boyer Harding was a British civil engineer. Harding was educated at Christ's Hospital and the City and Guilds College, interrupting his studies with a one year period spent as a ...more

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Harrison Hayter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Harrison Hayter Died at 73 (1825-1898) Harrison Hayter was a British engineer, participating in many significant railway construction projects in Britain and many harbour and dock constructions worldwide. Hayter was born at Flushing ...more

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Henry Berry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 93 (1719-1812) Henry Berry, was Liverpool's second dock engineer succeeding Thomas Steers and being succeeded by Thomas Morris. Berry Street in Liverpool may be named after Berry who lived in a house at the ...more

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Herbert Manzoni is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 73 (1899-1972) Sir Herbert John Baptista Manzoni CBE MICE was a British civil engineer known for holding the position of City Engineer and Surveyor of Birmingham from 1935 until 1963. This position put him in ...more

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 53 (1806-1859) Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS, was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven ...more

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James Elmes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 80 (1782-1862) James Elmes was an English architect, civil engineer, and writer on the arts.

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James Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 68 (1781-1849) Devon County Surveyor in early 1800's

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James Mansergh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
James Mansergh Died at 71 (1834-1905) James Mansergh FRS was an English civil engineer. Mansergh was born in Lancaster. He started his career in railway work and then designed many sewerage schemes and fresh water schemes. His most ...more

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James Meadows Rendel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 57 (1799-1856) James Meadows Rendel FRS was a British civil engineer.

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James Trubshaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 76 (1777-1853) James Trubshaw was an English builder, architect and civil engineer. His civil engineering works include the construction of the Grosvenor Bridge in Chester, Cheshire, then the longest stone ...more

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John Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 73 (1797-1870) John Braithwaite, the younger was an English engineer who invented the first steam fire engine.

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John By is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 57 (1779-1836) Lieutenant-Colonel John By was a British military engineer, best remembered for supervising the construction of the Rideau Canal and, in the process, founded Bytown, that would become the city ...more

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John Frederick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 79 (1810-1889) John Frederick La Trobe Bateman FRSE FRS MICE FRGS FGS FSA was an English civil engineer whose work formed the basis of the modern United Kingdom water supply industry. For more than 50 years ...more

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John Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 73 (1713-1786) John Gwynn RA was an English architect and civil engineer, who became one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. He advocated greater control over planning in London, for which he ...more

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John Rennie the Younger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
John Rennie the Younger Died at 80 (1794-1874) Sir John Rennie was the second son of engineer John Rennie and brother of George Rennie.

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John Seaward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 72 (1786-1858) John Seaward was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer. His brother was Samuel Seaward, FRS.

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John Smeaton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 68 (1724-1792) John Smeaton, FRS, was an English civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses. He was also a capable mechanical engineer and an eminent physicist. ...more

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John Wolfe-Barry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 82 (1836-1918) Sir John Wolfe Barry, the youngest son of famous architect Sir Charles Barry, was an English civil engineer of the late 19th and early 20th century. His most famous project is Tower Bridge over ...more

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Joseph Bazalgette is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 72 (1819-1891) Sir Joseph William Bazalgette, CB was a 19th-century English civil engineer. As chief engineer of London's Metropolitan Board of Works his major achievement was the creation of a sewer network ...more

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Joseph Locke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 55 (1805-1860) Joseph Locke was a notable English civil engineer of the 19th century, particularly associated with railway projects. Locke ranked alongside Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel as one ...more

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Joshua Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 77 (1786-1863) Joshua Field was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer. Field was born in Hackney in 1786, his father was John Field a corn and seed merchant who was later to become Master of the ...more

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Nora Stanton Blatch Barney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 88 (1883-1971) Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was a civil engineer, architect, and suffragist.

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Peter Bruff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 88 (1812-1900) Peter Schuyler Bruff, born in Portsmouth, England, was a civil engineer best known for founding the seaside resort town of Clacton on Sea, Essex, and for improving the lives of residents in the ...more

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Peter W. Barlow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Peter W. Barlow Died at 76 (1809-1885) Peter William Barlow was an English civil engineer, particularly associated with railways, bridges, the design of tunnels and the development of tunnelling techniques. In 1864 he patented a ...more

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Reginald Coates is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 84 (1920-2004) Professor Reginald “Rex” Charles Coates was a British civil engineer, academic and the 114th president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Rob Kell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Rob Kell Died at 81 (1902-1983) John Robert Kell, CBE was an English civil engineer with particular expertise in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Kell joined the firm of Oscar Faber & Partners in ...more

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Robert Barker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 68 (1847-1915) Robert Barker was an English footballer who played for England, first in goal and later as a forward, in the first international match against Scotland.

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Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 56 (1803-1859) Robert Stephenson FRS was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the ...more

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Robert Wynne-Edwards is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 77 (1897-1974) Sir Robert Meredydd Wynne-Edwards CBE, DSO, MC and bar was a British civil engineer and army officer. Wynne-Edwards was born in Cheltenham and educated at Giggleswick School and Leeds Grammar ...more

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Samuel Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 78 (1774-1852) Captain Sir Samuel Brown of Netherbyres KH FRSE was an early pioneer of chain design and manufacture and of suspension bridge design and construction. He is best known for the Union Bridge of ...more

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Samuel Morland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 70 (1625-1695) Sir Samuel Morland, 1st Baronet, or Moreland, was an English academic, diplomat, spy, inventor and mathematician of the 17th century, a polymath credited with early developments in relation to ...more

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Morton Peto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 80 (1809-1889) Sir Samuel Morton Peto, 1st Baronet was an English entrepreneur, civil engineer and railway developer. A partner in the firm of Grissell and Peto, he managed construction firms that built many ...more

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Philip Sidney Stott is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 79 (1858-1937) Sir Philip Sidney Stott, 1st Baronet, usually known by his full name or as Sidney Stott, was an English architect, civil engineer and surveyor.

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Thomas Brassey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 65 (1805-1870) Thomas Brassey was an English civil engineering contractor and manufacturer of building materials who was responsible for building much of the world's railways in the 19th century. By 1847, he ...more

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Thomas Drummond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from England
Died at 43 (1797-1840) Captain Thomas Drummond, from Edinburgh, Scotland, was an army officer, civil engineer and senior public official. Drummond used the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical ...more