Sir Joseph Bazalgette

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Joseph Bazalgette was born in London on 28 March 1819 and died 15 March 1891, Wimbledon, London. Joseph began his career as a railway engineer, gaining significant experience in land drainage and reclamation. He was British civil engineer who designed the main drainage system for London.

Joseph’s accomplishment of engineering is a mostly forgotten facet of the British history, yet not only did the design of his sewer system serve the population every day for over a century, but his efforts significantly improved public health.

In the summer of 1854, London’s Soho went through one of the worst cholera outbreaks ever recorded. The event killed 616 people, John Snow (English physician and a leader in the adoption of anaesthesia and medical hygiene) described the event as, ‘the most terrible outbreak of cholera which ever occurred in Britain.

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