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Michael Topping
Michael Topping

Michael Topping (1747–1796) was the Chief Marine Surveyor of Fort St. George in Chennai (then Madras) responsible for founding the oldest modern technical school outside Europe. The Survey School was completed on May 17, 1794, with an initial intake of eight students. In 1858 it became the Civil Engineering School and the College of Engineering in 1861. An old 18 century sketch of the fort. ... “Madras” redirects here. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... The main building of CEG. The College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG) in Chennai, India, is one of the constituent colleges of Anna University. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1794 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Topping was also the first full-time modern professional surveyor of India having surveyed the seas off the Coromandel Coast, India's south-east coast. Topping persuaded astronomer William Petrie to gift his equipment to the government and set up the first modern astronomical observatory in Nungambakkam. The school was established in 1792 and Topping was appointed as the British East India Company's astronomer. Topping died in 1796. The Coromandel Coast is the name given to the southeastern coast of the Indian peninsula. ... Nungambakkam is a locality in central Chennai, India. ... The British East India Company, sometimes referred to as John Company, was one of the first joint-stock companies. ...


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  • The alumni remember, The Hindu

 
 

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