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Douglas Strutt Galton


Military engineer and civil servant. Officer in the Royal Engineers. Joined the Ordnance Survey in 1846. Secretary, Railway Commission, 1847; Railway Department, Board of Trade, 1854. Assistant permanent under-secretary of state for war, 1862. Director of public works and buildings, Office of Works, 1869–75. Author of numerous government reports on sanitation, telegraphy, and railways. Member, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1860; general secretary, 1871–95; president, 1895. Knighted, 1887. FRS 1859.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.