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  • Person:

    : Lardner, Dionysius, Dr., 1793-1859

    : Byron, Augusta Ada, Miss

    : Babbage, Charles, Mr.

    : Boucicault, Dion, (Dionysius Lardner), Mr., 1820-1890

    : Brunel, Isambard Kingdom, Mr.

    : Boucicault, Dion William, Mr., 1855-1876

  • Date:

    1827 = 1831

    1833

    1836

    1838

    1836 = 1845

    1.1876

  • Brief description:

    Material relating to the professional and scientific career of Dr. Dionysius Lardner, including

    item 1 -- 3 letters from correspondents at University College London informing Calthrop that Dionysius Lardner was appointed as Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy in 1827 and probably held the post from 1828 for three years; they also say that the College Library holds letters by Lardner;

    item 2 -- a photocopied article from Spectrum (no. 147/1977) titled "Ada Byron -- the romantic computer programmer" by Terence McLaughlin, about Babbage's "difference engine", which mentions Lardner;

    item 3 -- 2 letters from the archivist at British Transport Historical Records stating that Lardner gave evidence regarding the London and Brighton Railway Bill in May 1836; also, that no evidence that Dion Boucicault was employed by the London and Birmingham Railway has been found;

    item 4 -- a letter from L. T. C. Rolt, author of a book on Isambard Kingdom Brunel, mentioning the relationship of Lardner and Brunel, and Lardner's railway experiments; there is also a passing reference to the Abbots Ripton accident, in which Dion Boucicault's son Dion William was killed;

    item 5 -- notes by C. Calthrop on Lardner's book "The Steam Engine Familiarly Explained" and passages excerpted from an exchange of letters in The Times between Lardner and "A Looker-on" in 1845;

  • Identifier: UKC-CALB-BIO.F205472
  • Subject keyword: professorship & employment & railways & experiments & steam power & steam engine

Further Details

  • Accession Number: F205472
  • Organisation:

    : University of London

    : University College London (and Library)

    : London and Brighton Railway

    : London and Birmingham Railway

    : British Transport Commission

  • Associated people:

    : Lardner, Dionysius, Dr., 1793-1859

    : Byron, Augusta Ada, Miss

    : Babbage, Charles, Mr.

    : Boucicault, Dion, (Dionysius Lardner), Mr., 1820-1890

    : Brunel, Isambard Kingdom, Mr.

    : Boucicault, Dion William, Mr., 1855-1876

  • Description level: 4
  • Language: English
  • Material type: article
  • Identity code: UKC/CALB/BIO : F205472
  • Location: Special Collections' Store
  • Part:

    Boucicault Collection

    Calthrop Boucicault Collection

  • Condition: 2
  • Physicaldescript summary: 5 items
  • Date:

    1827 = 1831

    1833

    1836

    1838

    1836 = 1845

    1.1876

  • Recordcreation note: The letters are from the following correspondents -- Mr. Arkinson (British Transport Historical Records), L. T. C. Rolt.
  • Repository: Special Collections, University of Kent at Canterbury

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