THOMAS TELFORD lost out to Michael Faraday in a recent poll of schoolchildren on whose achievements best stood the test of time.
It came at the end of a debate where actors played Faraday, Telford and George Stephenson to students at the King's School, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Faraday won the teenage popularity contest after the actor playing him claimed he paved the way for the mobile phone.
Faraday's victory followed a similar defeat for Telford in March despite this year being the 250th anniversary of his birth (NCE 22 March 2007). But it's not entirely bad news for Telford's legacy.
The debate was repeated at Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough with members of ICE East of England, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
This time ICE's rst president won, gaining 57% of the audience vote.