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Martin Pawley: should engineers groom for stardom?

'I like engineers,' said the American humorist Will Rogers. 'They look like people who are minding their own business.' When you think about it, although it was coined 60 years ago, this is still a very good description of people who are otherwise indescribable. Unlike their nineteenth-century forebears, today's engineers don't wear stovepipe hats or stand around in front of giant anchor chains chewing on cigars. No, they ride bicycles, shun tobacco, and fiercely deny having any sort ...

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