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Frederick Bramwell : biography

17 March 1818 - 30 November 1903

Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell, 1st Baronet FRS FRSA (17 March 1818 – 30 November 1903) was a British civil and mechanical engineer. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1873 and served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers between December 1884 and May 1886 and the President, British Association in 1888. He was knighted in 1881 and created a baronet on 25 January 1889.

Bramwell trained as an engineer and studied steam propulsion. In 1843 he constructed a locomotive for the Stockton and Darlington Railway; set up his own business concentrating legal and consultative work (1853). He was the first engineer to practise as a technical advocate and later was adviser to the London water companies.


He was the son of George Bramwell, partner in Dorrien and Co. Bankers, and the younger brother of Sir George William Wilshere Bramwell. He married on 29 March 1847, Harriet Leonara Frith (his cousin), daughter of Joseph Frith. There were three daughters to the marriage,1881 England census Class: RG11; Piece: 22; Folio: 67; Page: 61; Line: ; GSU roll: 1341005. with Eldred marrying the scientist, Sir Victor Horsley.

Bramwell died of a cerebral haemorrhage, 30 November 1903, in London, and was buried at Hever, Kent.

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