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Grimshaw, Robert

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(1850-1941) US engineer, inventor and author, much of whose output consists of manuals, including The Locomotive Catechism (1891); his one work of sf interest, Fifty Years Hence: Or What May Be in 1943: A Prophecy Supposed to be Based on Scientific Deduction by an Improved Graphical Method (1892), is a fictionalized account of a complicated graphic Prediction calculator, by which it is possible to determine that America in 1943 will be run by electricity, and many engineering advances will be normal. Unfortunately, the inventor of the system dies in a fire that burns up his calculations. [JC]

Robert Grimshaw

born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 25 January 1850

died 1941

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