James Nasmyth

Scottish (1808 - 1890)
James Nasmyth Back of Hand 1874

Biography

Born 1808
Died 1890
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh
Death place London

James Nasmyth was one of the leading engineers of the nineteenth century, and his principal inventions were the steam hammer and the pile driver which changed the landscape of the industrial world. He was the son of the landscape painter, Alexander Nasmyth, who taught him drawing. He was an enthusiast for photography from the 1830s and a close friend of David Octavius Hill. His private enthusiasm for astronomy led him to a thirty-year observation of the moon and the production of a series of careful drawings which he used to make a model of the moon's surface.