Rennie, George, 1791-1866

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George Rennie was born in London on 3 December 1791. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh. In 1811 he joined his father's engineering practice, where he remained until 1818. From 1818 to 1826 he was inspector of machinery and clerk of the irons at the Royal Mint. On the death of his father Rennie entered into practice with his brother. At the firm Rennie was responsible for the construction of the Grosvenor Bridge over the River Dee at Chester and several railway projects. He was also responsible for the firm's manufacturing business, which made various types of machinery including biscuit making machinery and engines for the Royal Navy. In 1822 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society and contributed papers to Transactions in 1829. Rennie died in 1866.

From the guide to the Rennie, George, 1829-1851, (Senate House Library, University of London)

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creatorOf Rennie, George, 1791-1866. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Giovanni Valentino Mattia Fabbroni papers, ca. 1770s-1875, Circa 1770-1875 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Rennie, George, 1829-1851 Senate House Library (University of London)
creatorOf Playfair, John, 1748-1819. Notes on Natural Philosophy / taken from Mr. Playfair's class during the winter session at Edinburgh. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Rennie, George, 1791-1866. Journal of year 1815 ; [Journal for 1816]. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
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associatedWith Fabbroni, Giovanni Valentino Mattia, 1752-1822 person
associatedWith Playfair, John, 1748-1819. person
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Birth 1791-12-03

Death 1866-03-30



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