George Stephenson was born in Wylam England in June of 1781 to uneducated working class parents. His parents did not have the money to send him to school, but once he started working he went to night school in order to learn how to read and write. He was adept at all things mechanical and became responsible for maintianing the engines in a groups coal mines. his first invention was a coal lamp that would not cause fires. He developed the first moder steam engine that was used in the mine the the Blucher. He is considered by many to be the father of the railroad engine.