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New Pantheon Park in Wheatstone Waterways? Nominate your favorites.

Wanting a bit more prim space, Elihu Leominster and I are contemplating adding a second lot to the Oakwood Laboratories holdings in Wheatstone Waterways. The plot next store to our shop is open following the departure of Captain Red Llewellyn’s treehouse.

While I intend to add a modest home, it occured to me we also might also add a memorial park. With that in mind, I would like to elicit nominations from the citizenry of New Babbage for inclusion in the “New Babbage Municipal Pantheon of Inventors and Ingenious Artistans”.

My thought is to have a semi-traditional monument and reflecting pool, with a wall of honor inscribed with names. I may wish to separate the names into categories: science, literature, fine arts, engineering, etc. 

Following are some obvious choices (and personal favorites):

  • Nikola Tesla
  • Thomas Alva Edison
  • Charles Babbage
  • Charles Wheatstone
  • Isembard Kingdom Brunel
  • Leonardo
  • Athanasius Kircher
  • Herbert George Wells
  • Jules Gabriel Verne
  • Lady Ada Lovelace
  • Johannes Gutenberg
  • Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
  • Jacques-√Čtienne Montgolfier
  • Tycho Brahe
  • Lyman Frank Baum
  • Michael Faraday
  • Henry Maudslay
  • Isaac Newton
  • Karl Benz
  • Gottlieb Daimler
  • Robert Fulton
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Samuel Longhorn Clemens
  • William Blake
  • Florence Nightengale
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson
  • Edward J.M.D. Plunkett, Lord Dunsany
  • Arthur Rackham
  • William Morris
  • George MacDonald
  • James Matthew Barrie

I could go on… but I want to hear what you think.

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  1. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska May 9, 2012

    I nominate Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus.


    • Osric Worbridge Osric Worbridge May 10, 2012

      Big smile. Good choice. I have had the honor of firing 2 of his designs, the M1911 and the M2.

      • Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger May 10, 2012

        It really was.  I enjoyed it, as a student of navigation and cartography.

  2. Osric Worbridge Osric Worbridge May 10, 2012

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    Samuel Morse

    Henry Bessemer

    Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol

  3. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg May 10, 2012

    Is there a timeframe we should constrain ourselves to? No one after the 1880’s, for example?

    • ElvisOmar Oyen ElvisOmar Oyen May 10, 2012

      That is always a sticky question in New Babbage, isn’t it? I was thinking of an arbitrary cutoff of the year 1900 in our real-life timeline. In a realm where time travel exists, and we’ve been destroyed and remade in recent memory, I tend to think of Babbage as being like Mieville’s Bas Lag world; which is to say we connect with other realms, cities and sims in a tenuous manner, which is best not to pin down to firmly. Let us assume a 1900 cutoff, with some flexibility depending on the individual.

      • Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg May 10, 2012

        In that case, I nominate:

        • Hypatia
        • Emily Roebling
        • Marie Curie (she’s right on the cusp of what is an acceptable timeframe, I think)
        • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska May 11, 2012

          I have a likeness of Curie on the wall in my house, had a putative Hypatia, but we do not have a reliable phizz for her of which I am aware. She is next to Florence Nightingale, who should also qualify.

          I guess Maat-ka-re Hatshepsut is too much?

  4. Victor1st Mornington Victor1st Mornington May 10, 2012

    You overlooked a whole bunch of Scottish inventors and engineers from the Industrial age…

    John Loudon MacAdam (Macadamised roads, the forerunner to “TarMac”)

    David Dunbar-Buick (Overhead valve “pushrod” engine)

    Thomas Telford (Modern canal design)

    James Watt (Condensing steam engine)

    Robert Wilson (The screw propellor)

    James Naysmyth (Steam hammer/Pneumatic Hammer)

    James Young (Worlds first oil refinery and process of extracting oarrafin from coal)

    Sir John Leslie (Pyroscope and Atometer)

    William Cullen (Refrigerator)

    John Jameson (Triple distilled whiskey)

    John Boyd Dunlop (The pneumatic tyre)

    Sir James Dewer (The Dewer Flask…basis of modern day “Thermos” flasks)

    Thats theones off of the top of my head which happened before 1900…Wikipedia probably has a whole lot more :)

  5. MacKnight Culdesac MacKnight Culdesac May 13, 2012

    Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin,
    James Clerk Maxwell

  6. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver May 13, 2012

    well we have Mark Twain ..  I would love love to see a bit of  Edgar Allen Poe ;) in Babbage!

    “Tales of Mystery and Imagination
    Edgar Allan Poe”

    For my own part, I have never had a thought
    Which I could not set down in words
    With even more distinctness that which I conceived it.
    There is however a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy
    Which are not thoughts and to which as yet
    I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt to language.
    These fancies arise in the soul,
    Alas how rarely, only at epochs
    Of most intense tranquillity
    When the bodily and mental health are in perfection.
    And those mere points of time
    When the confines of the waking world
    Blend with the world of dreams.
    And so I captured this fancy
    Where all that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.

    *grins at each one us have a different suggestion* 

    how noble er..  *brave* of you to ask :) ..

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