It’s Science Week – A national celebration of all things science, technology, maths and engineering. Over the years Ireland has produced some extraordinary scientists and scientific achievements that have changed the world. And many of these great strides have come in the areas of maritime technologies and marine science.
In recognition of this important week, we’re taking a look at some of Ireland’s most influential and inspiring marine scientists and inventors. Today, we’re celebrating county Down’s Thomas Andrews, the chief designer of the ill fated Titanic.
Thomas Andrews was chief designer behind one of the greatest and sadly ill fated vessels of all time: the Titanic. Andrews was a well loved and respected man but tragically he went down with his creation. His final hours aboard the ship were nothing short of heroic and the words written on his family grave say it all: “Pure, just, generous, affectionate and heroic. He gave his life that others might be saved.”
Thomas Andrews was born on the 7th of February 1873 in Comber Co. Down into a prestigious family. His uncle Lord Pirrie was a chairman of the great Belfast shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff.
At 16 Andrews left school to an apprenticeship in his uncle’s company. Despite his uncle high position he wasn’t given any special treatment and had to work his way up like everyone else. But the boy was especially clever and had a great aptitude for the work. At night he studied in Belfast College of technology specialising in ship design. He managed to work up through the ranks to become the Managing Director.
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