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British Industrial History

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Early Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution

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Listed in order of birth year

  • 1601-1667 Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquis of Worcester invents a steam engine. Details published in 1663
  • 1647-1714 Denis Papin invents the steam digester, steam safety valve, and applies a steam piston to lift a weight: steps towards the development of the steam engine
  • 1650-1712 Thomas Savery Inventor of a steam engine and a boat driven by paddle-wheels
  • 1663-1725 John Calley Partner of Thomas Newcomen and developer of engines
  • 1664-1729 Thomas Newcomen Developed the Newcomen engine c1710
  • 1678-1717 Abraham Darby Introduced coke as a fuel for smelting in 1709
  • 1685-1739 Thomas Lombe, with his brother John, introduced Italian silk-throwing processes into the silk industry in Derby.
  • 1687-1743 Henry Beighton Improved the Newcomen engine 1718



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