Sir John Fowler

By: Sandhu Samreen K (F.3G4)

Sir John Fowler was born in Wadsley, England. He was born on 15 July 1817 and passed away on 20 November 1898. He was an engineer and invented the world's first ever underground railway in 1890. He trained under John Towlerton Leather, engineer of the Sheffield waterworks, and with Leather's uncle, George Leather, on the Aire and Calder Navigation and on railway surveys. From 1837 he worked for John Urpeth Rastrick on railway projects including the London and Brighton Railway and the unbuilt West Cumberland and Furness Railway. He then worked again for George Leather as resident engineer on the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway and was appointed engineer to the railway when it opened in 1841.

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