Sue Mossman explores the life of Alexander Parks, inventor of early plastics, on his 200th birthday.
Sir Henry Bessemer’s motto summed him up – one who strived, faced and overcame obstacles to achieve a number of successes. These culminated in the invention of his process for the bulk production of steel in 1856. This development was to prove massively significant in the extension of the railways and in large construction. Bessemer, born 200 years ago this month, sought the key process that would allow him to live in the lap of luxury. His father, Anthony Bessemer, also […]