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 (stē′vən-sən), George 1781-1848.
British railway pioneer who built a practical steam locomotive (1814) and the first passenger railway (1825). His son Robert (1803-1859) built railroads, locomotives, and bridges.
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1. (Biography) George. 1781–1848, British inventor of the first successful steam locomotive (1814); constructed the first railway line to carry passengers, the Stockton and Darlington Railway (opened 1825)
2. (Biography) his son, Robert. 1803–59, British engineer, noted for his construction of railway bridges and viaducts, esp the tubular bridge over the Menai Strait
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(ˈsti vən sən)

1. George, 1781–1848, English inventor and engineer.
2. his son Robert, 1803–59, English engineer.
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