Bidder, George

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Bidder, George Gender: M
born on 14 June 1806 at 03:45 (= 03:45 AM )
Place Moretonhampstead, England, 50n40, 3w45
Timezone LMT m3w45 (is local mean time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 22°21' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 18°47 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 20°15'

George Bidder


British child prodigy, he displayed a natural skill at calculation from an early age. In childhood, his father, William Bidder, a stonemason, exhibited him as a "calculating boy", first in local fairs up to the age of six, and later around the country. In this way his talent was turned to profitable account, but his general education was in danger of being completely neglected.

Still many of those who saw him developed an interest in his education, a notable example being Sir John Herschel. His interest led him to arrange it so George could be sent to school in Camberwell. There he did not remain long, being removed by his father, who wished to exhibit him again, but he was saved from this misfortune and enabled to attend classes at the University of Edinburgh, largely through the kindness of Sir Henry Jardine.

On leaving college in 1824 George received a post in the ordnance survey, but gradually drifted into engineering work. In 1834 Robert Stephenson, whose acquaintance he had made in Edinburgh, offered him an appointment on the London & Birmingham Railway, and in the succeeding year or two he began to assist George Stephenson in his parliamentary work, which at that time included schemes for railways between London and Brighton and between Manchester and Rugby via the Potteries. In this way he was introduced to engineering and parliamentary practice at a period of great activity which saw the establishment of the main features and principles that have since governed English railway construction.

Bidder died at his residence of Ravensbury Dartmouth, Devon, aged 72, on 20 September 1878 and was buried at Stoke Fleming.

His son, George Parker Bidder, Jr. (1836–1896), who inherited much of his father's calculating power, was a successful parliamentary counsel and an authority on cryptography. His grandson, also named George Parker Bidder, became a marine biologist and president of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom from 1939 to 1945.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Rodden quoted Moder Astrology magazine, 3/1900, with 14 January 1806. As John Halloran pointed out, Alan Leo's book has 14 June 1806, as have many other sources. Wikipedia has 13 June, which is probably wrong. The ADB entry was corrected to 14 June 1806 on 8 Oct 2017.


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Math, age six)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Industrial
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics (Mental calculator)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection