• Question: What engineer from the past do you wish you could have known?

    Asked by 322cmmb32 to Victoria, Rik, Mohamed, Chris, Alex on 9 Mar 2015. This question was also asked by nabz.
    • Photo: Rik Allen

      Rik Allen answered on 9 Mar 2015:

      Someone else asked a similar question – but I’ll give a different answer this time.
      Alan Turing. The atmosphere at Bletchly park when Alan and his team were inventing machines to solve the German codes in the second world war would have been incredible. The emotional highs and lows, and the intense thinking going on would beat anything I’ve been through. I doubt I could have followed half of what was going on, but what a ride it would have been.


    • Photo: Victoria Sharpe

      Victoria Sharpe answered on 15 Mar 2015:

      Brunel – he was never daunted by any challenge and made what seem impossible, possible.

    • Photo: Alex Shenfield

      Alex Shenfield answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      Nikola Tesla – who invented the foundation of much of what we use everyday. He was the pioneer of alternating current. as well as major advances in electric lighting, motors, electricity distribution.

      Unfortunately he died basically penniless without his genius being recognised by the world (until much later at least).

      Also, the tesla coil is the most awesome thing ever :