21st February “Lord Armstrong of Cragside” John Wilson
Possibly Britain’s leading scientist, engineer and entrepreneur. John will talk of his first profession as a lawyer and his second and most important ENGINEER! He developed hydraulics, and a completely new big gun system and was a very successful ship builder. His house ‘Cragside’ the first to have all modern conveniences, pre 1880! His last project, designing the mechanism for Tower Bridge.
Died in 1900, his personal assets amounted to £180 million at that time.