Biographical entry Bramwell, Frederick Joseph (1818 - 1903)

1st Baronet

7 March 1818
London, England
30 November 1903
Civil engineer and Mechanical engineer


Frederick Joseph Bramwell was a well regarded British civil and mechanical engineer who specialised in steam propulsion and locomotives.

He was the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 1884 to 1886 and of the British Association in 1888.

In 1872 Bramwell conducted some experiments with Thornycroft's vessel the Miranda. His conclusions put to rest the supposition that only boats of great length could travel at great speeds, citing the ability of Thornycroft's 50 foot vessels to do so.



Career event - Fellow of the Royal Society
Award - Awarded Knighthood
December 1884 - May 1886
Career event - President of the Institution of of Civil Engineers, UK
Career event - President of the British Association
Award - Named Baronet Bramwell

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • 'On quick steam launches', The Engineer, vol. 33, 19 April 1872, pp. 281-282. Details
  • Bramwell, F. J., 'On quick steam launches', Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects, vol. 13, 38397, pp. 269-279. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: B. P. Cronin, 'Bramwell, Sir Frederick Joseph, baronet (1818-1903)', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004,

Prepared by: Rebecca Rigby