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Francis Edgar Stanley
(1 Jun 1849 - 31 Jul 1918)

American inventor.


Science Quotes by Francis Edgar Stanley (2 quotes)

It is worthy of note that nearly all that has been done for the improvement of the steam engine has been accomplished, not by men educated in colleges or technical schools, but by laborers, mechanics, and engine-men. There seem to be instances where the mechanical instinct takes precedence over the higher powers of the mind, in efficiency in harnessing the forces of nature and causing them to do our work.
— Francis Edgar Stanley
In paper 'Stephenson and Transportation' (1916), collected in Francis Edgar Stanley, Theories Worth Having and Other Papers (1919), 66-67.
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When George Washington was President of the United States the land transportation here or elsewhere did not differ materially either in manner or magnitude from that of ancient Egypt four thousand years before.
— Francis Edgar Stanley
In paper 'Stephenson and Transportation' (1916), collected in Francis Edgar Stanley, Theories Worth Having and Other Papers (1919), 62.
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  • 1 Jun - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Stanley's birth.
  • The Stanley Steamer: America's Legendary Steam Car, by Kit Foster. - book suggestion.

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