Improving lives through engineering #NationalEngineeringDay

The area between Oxford and Cambridge is famous for leading the way in the world of engineering, technology and innovation.

Some of the world’s greatest ideas and inventions have been conjured up at the globally revered universities and businesses which call the area between Oxford and Cambridge home. And it’s little wonder why.

The region hosts four of the country’s top eight cities for generating start-up businesses, two of the world’s top 10 universities, and global leaders in technology and life-sciences like AstraZeneca and Unilever.

Here at East West Railway Company, we’re passionate about connecting these people, ideas and businesses – making sure the UK retains its status as a science superpower long into the future.

To mark National Engineering Day, we’re celebrating just a few of the local pioneers who’ve improved lives across the world through engineering.

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Rachel Mary Parsons

Studied at Cambridge University

An often-forgotten feminist icon and the first woman to study Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University. Rachel Mary Parsons is the founding President of the Women's Engineering Society, and campaigned for equal pay and employment rights for women.

A true trailblazer — bridging the gender gap.

Wilfred George Carter CBE

Born in Bedford

An engineer and chief designer at Gloster Aircraft Company, he led the creation of many pioneering aircraft and seaplanes. In 1940, alongside Frank Whittle, he co-designed the Gloster E.28/39 which was the first British jet-engine aircraft.

An architect of the sky — propelling transportation forward.

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Tim Berners-Lee

A student and a professional fellow of Oxford University

An innovative computer scientist, he invented the internet as we know it. He devised the first web browser and server – changing the world forever. Today he directs the W3 Consortium, developing the positive potential of the worldwide web.

A modern visionary — writing code that connected the world.

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