History of Cement

Today there are many different types of cement. The article referenced here is mainly concerned with the evolution of Portland cement from its predecessors.

With grateful acknowledgment to Dr. John B. Newman and The Institute of Concrete Technology for permission to reproduce this paper, which was delivered at The Sir Frederick Lea Memorial lecture at the ICT annual convention in 2013.


John B Newman

BSc(Eng), ACGI, DIC, PhD, MICT, CEng, MIStructE, FICE

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This paper documents the development of cement and concrete from the first recorded uses of cementitious compounds, in about 12 000 BC, leading to the production and improvement of Portland cement in the 19th and the early 20th Century.

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The Aspdins

Joseph 1778 - 1855
Joseph Aspdin impressionAspdin patent for Portland cement 1824


William 1815 - 1864
William Aspdin


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