Robert Whitehead

Robert Whitehead
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Born(1823-01-03)3 January 1823
Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
Died14 November 1905(1905-11-14) (aged 82)
Shrivenham, Berkshire, England, UK[1]
Spouse(s)Frances Maria Johnston
Engineering career
ProjectsDeveloped the first self-propelled torpedo

Robert Whitehead (3 January 1823 – 14 November 1905) was an English engineer, most famous for developing the first effective self-propelled naval torpedo.

Early life

He was born in Bolton, England, the son of James Whitehead, a cotton-bleacher, and his wife Ellen Whitehead née Swift.[2][3][4] He trained as an engineer and draughtsman, and attended the Mechanics Institute in Manchester.

His first professional employment was at a shipyard in Toulon, France, for Philip Taylor & Sons,[5] and then as a consultant engineer in Milan, Italy. He then moved to Trieste, on the Adriatic coast of Austria.

Whitehead's work in Trieste was noticed by the owners of Fonderia Metalli, a metal foundry in the nearby city of Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia). In 1856, Whitehead became manager of the company, and changed its name to Stabilimento Tecnico di Fiume (STF). STF produced marine steam boilers and engines, which were the most modern products of that era. The Austrian Navy was a customer.

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