Bryan Donkin was born in 1768 in November and was involved in many different inventions, including the first patent for a steel pen nib, the first practical paper making machine, and the first tin cans. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1838. He was involved with Thomas Telford in funding the Royal Charter for the Institution of Civil Engineers. He founded the Bryan Donkin company in Bermondsey in 1802, which continues to exist in various forms. He died in 1855 at the age of 86.