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The World’s First Civil Engineer! A celebration of Smeaton’s Engineering

4 June @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

June 2024 marks the 300th year since the birth of John Smeaton.

Prof. George Fleming FRENG, FRSE and recent president of the Smeatonian Society will describe Smeaton’s work and why it is still relevant today.

John Smeaton, born 8th June 1724, is regarded as the father of civil engineering in Britain. His work also led to improvements in the design of wind and water mills; in the process he developed Smeaton’s Coefficient which allowed calculation of lift – used by early aircraft designers. His work helped improve steam engines.

He pioneered an understanding of cement that eventually led to Portland Cement; his hydraulic lime was able to set in water and used in the build of his Eddystone Lighthouse. Harbours, bridges, piers and….the Forth and Clyde Canal followed.

The event will be held in the Alan Rough Suite at Firhill Football Club, The Wyre Stadium at Firhill, 80 Firhill Rd, Glasgow G20 7AL. In person only.

Why Firhill? The Alan Rough suite overlooks the Hamiltonhill Basin on the Port Dundas branch of the Forth and Clyde Canal!


0141 248 3721


Firhill Stadium
80 Firhill Road
Glasgow, Scotland G20 7AL United Kingdom
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