Millington, John

b. 1779
d. 1868
English engineer and educator.
John Millington was Professor of Mechanics at the Royal Institution, London, from 1817 to 1829. He gave numerous courses on natural philosophy and mechanics and supported the introduction of coal gas for lighting. In 1823 he testified to a Select Committee of the House of Commons that the spread of gas lighting would greatly benefit the preservation of law and order, and with the same utilitarian and penal inclination he devised a treadmill for use in the Bedfordshire House of Correction. Millington was appointed the first Professor of Engineering and the Application of Mechanical Philosophy to the Arts at the newly founded University of London in 1828, but he speedily resigned from the post, preferring to go to Mexico in 1829. Like Trevithick and Robert Stephenson before him, he was attracted to the New World by the possibility of using new techniques to reopen old mines, and he became an engineer to some Mexican mining projects. In 1837 he went to Williamsburg in the United States, being appointed Professor of Chemistry, and it was there that he died in 1868. Millington wrote extensively on scientific subjects.
Further Reading
Dictionary of National Biography.
M.Berman, The Royal Institution, pp. 46, 98–9.

Biographical history of technology. - Taylor & Francis e-Librar. . 2005.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John Dalton — For other people named John Dalton, see John Dalton (disambiguation). John Dalton …   Wikipedia

  • John M. Synge — John Millington Synge Gedenktafel im Saint Patrick’s Park, Dublin John Millington Synge (* 16. April 1871 in Rathfarnham bei …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Millington Synge — Gedenktafel im Sa …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Jesnor Lindsay — born 1939John Lindsay was a Scottish photographer who turned to the more lucrative trade of making blue movies (i.e. short hardcore porn films for the 8mm market) during the late 60 s and all the way through the 70 s. A former student of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Millington Wildlife Management Area — Millington WMA IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area) View of an open field at Millington WMA …   Wikipedia

  • John Lighton Synge — (March 23, 1897 ndash;March 30, 1995) was an Irish mathematician and physicist. BackgroundSynge was born 1897 in Dublin, Ireland, in a Protestant family and educated at St. Andrew s College, Dublin. He entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1915. He… …   Wikipedia

  • Millington Synge — may refer to:* John Millington Synge (1871 1909), Irish dramatist, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore * Richard Laurence Millington Synge (1914 1994), British biochemist …   Wikipedia

  • John Tedder, 2nd Baron Tedder — John Michael Tedder, 2nd Baron Tedder, (July 4, 1926 ndash; February 18, 1994), was the Purdie Professor of Chemistry at St. Andrews University, Scotland.Early life and educationHe was the second born son of Arthur William Tedder and Rosalinde… …   Wikipedia

  • John Simon — (* 11. August 1941 in Norwalk, Connecticut) ist ein Rock Produzent, Pianist und Keyboarder. Bereits als kleines Kind bekam Simon Unterricht für Klavier und Violine, und noch ehe er zehn Jahre alt wurde, schrieb er seine ersten Songs. Als Teenager …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Synge — may refer to:* John Lighton Synge (1897 1995), Irish mathematician and physicist * John Millington Synge (1871 1909), Irish dramatist, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.