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.

Historical Notes

  1. 1825 moved to London where he trained under Henry Maudslay.
  2. 1833 he set up his own machine shop.
  3. 1835 built a successful knitting machine
  4. 1842 built a horse-drawn mechanical roadsweeper.
  5. By 1860 Whitworth′s specifications for sizes of screw threads was generally accepted throughout Britain.

See also: British Standard Whitworth.

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