Bindon Blood Stoney

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Bindon Blood Stoney FRS (13 June 1828, Oakley Park, County Offaly – 5 May 1909, Dublin) was an Irish engineer.[1]


In 1853, Stoney was Resident Engineer on the Boyne Viaduct under James Barton. In 1856, he was Assistant Engineer and in 1859 Executive Engineer, to the Dublin Ballast Board. In 1867, he was Chief Engineer at Dublin Port.[2] He designed the quay walls at the River Liffey, making it a deepwater port. He designed Grattan Bridge, O'Connell Bridge, and Butt Bridge. He invented a diving bell, and means to use precast concrete.[3]

Stoney was elected Fellow of the Royal Society on 2 June 1881.

Stoney married Susannah Frances Walker, on 7 October 1879; they had four children. He is buried in Mount Jerome cemetery.[4] His brother was the physicist George Johnstone Stoney known for coining the term electron for the fundamental unit of electricity. He was also the uncle of another Irish physicist George FitzGerald, the son of his sister Anne Frances. His niece was Edith Anne Stoney, a pioneer medical physicist.


  • Ronald C. Cox, Bindon Blood Stoney: biography of a port engineer, Irish Engineering Publications, 1990, ISBN 978-0-904083-02-6.


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  2. ^ "Turtle Bunbury". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Cormac F. Lowth (July 2010). "The Dublin Port Diving Bell". The International Journal of Diving History 3 (1). 
  4. ^ "Dictionary of Irish Architects - stoney, bindon blood". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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