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Cubitt, Sir William, civil engineer, born in 1785 at Dilham in Norfolk, was the inventor of the treadmill. In 1812 he entered the service of Messrs. Ransome, of Ipswich, and soon became their chief engineer. Continuing in that post until 1826, he then removed to London, having previously become a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1823. He assisted in the erection of the Crystal Palace in 1851, was knighted for his services in the same year, and died at Clapham in 1861.