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Engineering Genius...
Collecting, preserving, and educating on the life and times of Robert Whitehead and his hope to bring about lasting peace.

Robert was born in 1823 in Bolton, England. He studied engineering and later with his wife moved to Europe to pursue work opportunities. His adventure took him to settle on the coast of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Assisted by his son John, Robert invented the torpedo and established the world's first torpedo factory. In the hopes of creating a world mutual detente with the sale of his torpedos, the family's aim was to help with global peace, a view held by many at that time. 

Robert was recognized for his achievements by many nations and his tomb stone reads, "...His fame in all nations round about."

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