John Smeaton fue el primer ingeniero civil autoproclamado, y, a menudo considerado como el "padre de la ingeniería civil"

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John Smeaton, , (8 June 1724 - 28 October 1792) was an English civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses. He was also a capable mechanical engineer and an eminent physicist. Smeaton was the first self-proclaimed civil engineer, and often regarded as the "father of civil engineering".