THE ROBERT STEPHENSON TRUST, c/o The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Stephenson.............. The Dignitary
Short Biographical Film
Stephenson was a highly regarded member of Victorian society. His engineering achievements
led him to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and to be decorated with the
Legion of Honour in France. In 1856 he was elected President of the Institution of
Civil Engineers. He was elected as the MP to Whitby without any other candidates
standing against him.He received a Doctorate of Civil Law from Oxford University
He also rejected a knighthood for personal reasons.
He was also a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and in 1851 accepted a challenge
to race his yacht Titania against America, that of the American Commodore Stevens.
The race marked the beginning of the. Americas Cup Yacht Race, which
still continues today.
His funeral was held in a packed Westminster Abbey, where he was honoured by being
buried in the central nave. A simultaneous service was held in Newcastle attended
by 1500 people, on the day, all of the shops in London and Newcastle were closed
and ships flew their flags at half mast to mark the passing of such a great man,
a great engineer.