James Watt and the Steam Engine - To mark the bicentenary of the passing of James Watt

25 November 2019

Known to all as a seminal figure in the Industrial Revolution and the ‘Enlightenment’, James Watt (1736 – 1819) had many talents, including as a scientific instrument-maker, a civil engineer and a chemist. His lasting fame, however, derives primarily from his innovations in improving the efficiency of steam power, which elevated him to the status of a national hero.


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Image Credit: John Law ARPS
Statue in the collection of BRLSI Bath


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Professor Peter Jones, University of Birmingham