Calendar of Discovery and Invention


August 15, 1869.—Imperi associated with the name of de Lesseps, the construction of the Suez Canal was reagrded as one of the greatest works undertaken. First suggested by in 1854 work was commenced in 1858, and on Aug. 15, 1869, the waters of the Mediterranean mingled with those of the Bed Sea. When de Lesseps died, Engineering referred to the canal as being “far more truly the work of Lesseps than was the railway of Stephenson, the steam engine of Watt, and the spinning machine of Hargreaves.”

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S., E. Calendar of Discovery and Invention. Nature 120, 245 (1927) doi:10.1038/120245a0

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