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Birthplace of Robert Stevenson
Glasgow
associated engineer
Robert Stevenson
date  8th June 1772
era  Georgian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  NS585649
Not to be confused with the Englishman Robert Stephenson (1803-59) who worked on the design of the early steam locomotive, this Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) was a native of Scotland who studied at Anderson Institute, Glasgow, and at Edinburgh, where he lived and died.
He was engineer for the Scottish Lighthouse Board, for whom he built 20 lighthouses including Bell Rock, and was the inventor of intermittent and flashing warning lights.
Stevenson was also instrumental in the development of modern rails and of the hydrophone. He is father of Thomas Stevenson (also an engineer, who succeeded him in his position with the Scottish Lighthouse Board) and grandfather of the author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Birthplace of Robert Stevenson