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James Henry Greathead was a civil engineer renowned for his work on the London Underground railway.

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James Henry Greathead
Born (1844-08-06)6 August 1844
Grahamstown, South Africa
Died 21 October 1896(1896-10-21) (aged 52)
Streatham, London
Nationality British Overseas National (Cape Colony)
Education St Andrews College, Diocesan College, Grahamstown, Cape Town, South Africa; in 1859 he came to Westbourne Collegiate, part of Kings College, London.
Spouse(s) Blanche Emily Caldecott Coryndon
Children John Coryndon, James Henry, Nancy, Mary Coryndon
Parent(s) James Henry Greathead and Eliza Julia Wright
Engineering career
Discipline Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineer
Institutions Institution of Mechanical Engineering
Practice name Chief Engineer for City and South London Railways
Projects Tower Subway
Blackwall Tunnel
Waterloo & City line
Significant design Greathead Shield, Greathead grouting machine, injector hydrant and other patented designs
Awards Elected to the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1884

James Henry Greathead (6 August 1844 – 21 October 1896) was a civil engineer renowned for his work on the London Underground railway.

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