Goldsmid, Sir Frederick John

▪ British military officer
born May 19, 1818, Milan
died Jan. 12, 1908, Brook Green, Hammersmith, Eng.

      major general in the British Army who, through negotiations with several Asian countries and supervision of a cross-continental construction project, made possible the Indo-European telegraph, the first rapid communication system linking Europe and Asia.

      After military service in China (1840), India, and Turkey (1855), where he mastered several Asian languages, Goldsmid became connected with the British plan for linking East and West by telegraph in 1861. After negotiating telegraph treaties with leaders of India, Baluchistan (now in Iran and Pakistan), and the Ottoman Empire, in 1864 he supervised the carrying of telegraph wire from Europe to India and became director general of the Indo-European telegraph in 1865, a post he held until 1870. His knowledge of Asian languages enabled him to arbitrate boundary disputes between Iran and Baluchistan in 1871 and between Iran and Afghanistan in 1872. He was knighted in 1871.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • GOLDSMID — GOLDSMID, English family, descended from AARON GOLDSMID (d. 1782), who settled in London in the second quarter of the 18th century and was active in the affairs of the Great Synagogue. BENJAMIN GOLDSMID (1755–1808) and ABRAHAM GOLDSMID… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Goldsmid — Goldsmid, the name of a family of Anglo Jewish bankers, sprung from Aaron Goldsmid (died 1782), a Dutch merchant who settled in England about 1763. Two of his sons, Benjamin Goldsmid (c. 1753 1808) and Abraham Goldsmid (c. 1756 1810), began… …   Wikipedia

  • John Morphett — John Morphett, c. 1834 John Morphett, c. 1866 …   Wikipedia

  • POLITICS — Introduction Jewish involvement in national politics in the various countries in which they settled dates from the period of Jewish emancipation at the end of the 18th and the first half of the 19th century. In fact, personalities such as joseph… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • List of British Jews — is a list that includes Jewish people from the United Kingdom and its predecessor states.Although the first Jews may have arrived on the island of Great Britain with the Romans, it wasn t until the Norman Conquest of William the Conqueror in 1066 …   Wikipedia

  • List of Conservative Party (UK) MPs — This is a list of Conservative Party MPs. It includes all Members of Parliament elected to the British House of Commons representing the Conservative Party from 1834 onwards. Members of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly or the European… …   Wikipedia

  • List of University College London people — This is a list of notable individuals associated with University College London, including graduates, former students, and academics.See also: * * . Faculty Arts and Humanities * Chimen Abramsky Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies * A …   Wikipedia

  • List of Privy Counsellors (1837–1901) — This is a List of Privy Counsellors of the United Kingdom appointed during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901. = Victoria, 1837 1901 = 1837*Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858) *Henry Charles Howard, Earl of …   Wikipedia

  • List of British Jewish politicians — is a list that includes Jews and people of Jewish descent who served as politicians in the United Kingdom and its predecessor states or who were born in the United Kingdom and had notable political careers abroad. British MPs British Members of… …   Wikipedia

  • Earley — For the parsing algorithm, see Earley parser. Coordinates: 51°25′59″N 0°55′59″W / 51.433°N 0.933°W / 51.433; 0.933 …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.