The History of Roads and Asphalt
Thomas Telford was the son of a Dumfriesshire shepherd. With a background in stonemasonary, Telford became a civil engineer.
During his time, Thomas Telford improved upon the method of building roads with broken stones by analyzing stone thickness, road traffic, road alignment and gradient slopes. Eventually his designs became the norm for all roads everywhere.
Thomas Telford's Greatest AchievementsComsidered one of the best engineers in the world, Thomas Telford's achievements of civil engineering include:
Menai Suspension BridgeThe Menai Suspension Bridge in North Wales completed 1826 by Thomas Telford is considered one of the greatest examples of iron works ever built.
Institution of Civil EngineersTelford served as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers of the United Kingdom from 1820 to 1834.