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John McAdam

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John Loudon McAdam
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Born:   23/9/1756
Died:   26/11/1836
Operated:   Across UK

Can there be a name more closely related to road building than John Loudon McAdam? From the early 1780s, he embarked on a career in roads, first as a trustee of a Turnpike Trust, and then as surveyor and engineer. Within these roles, he developed ideas on road construction which were given the name of 'Macadamising' or 'Macadamisation' (despite the adjustment in spelling). This process, when combined with Tar led to the development of modern Tarmac.

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John McAdam
Road and Bridge Builders
pre-Victorian EngineersMajor William Caulfeild • Abraham Darby • John McAdam • Robert Mylne • John Rennie • John Smeaton • Thomas Telford • General George Wade
Victorian EngineersIsambard Kingdom Brunel • Joseph Mitchell
20th Century EngineersOwen Williams
Engineering CompaniesCleveland Bridge Company • Fairhurst Engineering • Stevenson Family

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