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Bryan Donkin (1768-1855), Inventor and engineer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Donkin was instrumental in founding the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1822. His first major venture was the development of the Fourdrinier papermaking machine. Although the original idea was not his, the development work on the machine was due to him, and the merit of his work was recognised with a gold medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851. He was involved in three other major projects, concerned with printing, canning, and scientific instrument making. His reputation led him to be involved as a consultant on many civil engineering projects, such as Isambard Brunel's design of pumping machinery for the Thames Tunnel.

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