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Henry Maudslay
(22 Aug 1771 - 14 Feb 1831)

British engineer and inventor who designed the metal lathe with slide-rest, and who developed his workshop and trained his employees to machine products with great accuracy.


Science Quotes by Henry Maudslay (4 quotes)

Avoid complexities. Make everything as simple as possible.
— Henry Maudslay
As quoted in Joseph Wickham Roe, English and American Tool Builders (1916), 49.
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First get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it.
— Henry Maudslay
As quoted in Joseph Wickham Roe, English and American Tool Builders (1916), 48-49.
Science quotes on:  |  Accomplishment (94)  |  All (4107)  |  Clarity (47)  |  Desire (204)  |  Doing (280)  |  First (1284)  |  Notion (113)  |  Probability (132)  |  Succeed (109)  |  Success (303)  |  Will (2354)

Get rid of every pound of material you can do without; put to yourself the question, ‘What business has this to be there?’
— Henry Maudslay
As quoted in Joseph Wickham Roe, English and American Tool Builders (1916), 49.
Science quotes on:  |  Business (149)  |  Do (1908)  |  Material (353)  |  Pound (14)  |  Question (622)  |  Rid (13)

How, indeed, can there be a response within to the impression from without when there is nothing within that is in relation of congenial vibration with that which is without? Inattention in such case is insusceptibility; and if this be complete, then to demand attention is very much like demanding of the eye that it should attend to sound-waves, and of the ear that it should attend to light-waves.
— Henry Maudslay
As quoted in William W. Speer, Primary Arithmetic: First Year, for the Use of Teachers (1902), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Attend (65)  |  Attention (191)  |  Case (99)  |  Complete (204)  |  Congenial (3)  |  Demand (123)  |  Ear (68)  |  Education (379)  |  Eye (423)  |  Impression (114)  |  Inattention (5)  |  Indeed (323)  |  Light (609)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Relation (157)  |  Response (53)  |  Sound (183)  |  Susceptible (8)  |  Vibration (20)  |  Wave (107)



Quotes by others about Henry Maudslay (1)

[In 18th-century Britain] engineers for the most began as simple workmen, skilful and ambitious but usually illiterate and self-taught. They were either millwrights like Bramah, mechanics like Murdoch and George Stephenson, or smiths like Newcomen and Maudslay.
In Science in History (1969), Vol. 2, 591.
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