Whitworth, Joseph Sir (1803-1887)
19th century engineer with a world-wide reputation of producing machines of unrivaled quality and precision.
Probably his most important innovation was to devised a machine capable of measuring to an accuracy of one hundredth-thousandth of an inch.
- 1825 moved to London where he trained under Henry Maudslay.
- 1833 he set up his own machine shop.
- 1835 built a successful knitting machine
- 1842 built a horse-drawn mechanical roadsweeper.
- By 1860 Whitworth′s specifications for sizes of screw threads was generally accepted throughout Britain.
See also: British Standard Whitworth.
Subjects: Famous Scientists & Engineers