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The Engineer is a London-based monthly magazine and website covering the latest developments and business news in engineering and technology in the UK[2] and internationally.

The Engineer
EditorJon Excell
FounderEdward Charles Healey
First issue4 January 1856; 163 years ago (1856-01-04)
CompanyCentaur Media[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon
Oswaldestre House, 33-35 Norfolk Street, London, once the home of The Engineer.

History and descriptionEdit

The Engineer was founded in January 1856. It was established by Edward Charles Healey, an entrepreneur and engineering enthusiast with financial interests in the railways whose friends included Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The journal was created as a technical magazine for engineers.[3]

The Engineer began covering engineering including inventions and patents during a high point of British economic manufacturing power. In the 19th century it also published stock prices of raw materials. Together with the contemporary Engineering journal the work is considered a valuable historical resource for the study of British economic history.[4]

On 10 July 2012 the magazine announced its final print edition, the editor Jon Excell citing "increasing distribution and production costs, and the impact of an ongoing economic crisis on advertising revenues [which] have conspired to create a challenging environment for magazine publishers".[5] The owner of The Engineer, Centaur Media proposed to focus the magazine’s editorial and commercial resources on growing the website, which had relaunched in 2009, and other digital products. According to Excell, demand for the print edition was such that after a 12-month hiatus, The Engineer returned as a monthly print magazine in September 2013.[6] As of 2019, The Engineer publishes 10 issues a year and has a presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and the news aggregator Flipboard. The magazine runs an annual conference for the industry and an annual awards ceremony for the encouragement of collaboration in innovation.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Engineer Celebrates 150 Years of editorial excellence". Centaur Media. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017. Bloomsbury Publishing. 28 July 2016. p. 54. ISBN 978-1-4729-2866-5. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ "History of "The Engineer"" (PDF), The Engineer Centenary Number, pp. 146–148
  4. ^ E.H. Fowkes (1963), "Railway History and the Local Historian" (PDF), East Yorkshire Local History Series, East Yorkshire Local History Society (16), p. 40, archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Jon Excell, "Moving on(line)", The Engineer: 5, After 156 year of chronicling the highlights of UK engineering innovation, this is the final fortnightly print edition of The Engineer magazine
  6. ^ Jon Excell, An important announcement about the future of The Engineer
  7. ^ Collaborate to Innovate Awards

Further readingEdit

  • Mortimer, John; Taphouse, Ralph; Beatson, Cedric (1976). The Engineer — Highlights of 120 Years. Morgan-Grampian Ltd.

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