Famous People Born In Stonehaven - Stonehaven Guide Blog


Sunday, 3 October 2010

Famous People Born In Stonehaven

ROBERT WILLIAM THOMSON the Inventor of the Pneumatic TyreThomson was born in Stonehaven and  left school at the age of 14 . He was sent to stay with an uncle in South Carolina in order to learn the trade of a merchant, but returned home two years later.

He taught himself chemistry, electricity and astronomy, and after his father built a workshop for him, set about redesigning his mother's washing mangle and then built a ribbon saw. He pursued a career in engineering in London before patenting the pneumatic rubber tyre at the age of 23

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