James Watt

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James Watt

James Watt's improvement on the already existant steam powered pump, advanced the uses of the steam engine 100 fold. The steam engine, after the patents ran their course, were further improved by other great minds such as George Stephenson, who was able to create a locomotive which was able to carry extremely heavy loads on steep uphill trips. The steam engine was even placed in naval ships. And also, for a short while, in automobiles. From 1899 to 1906 the steam powered car outsold the petrol powered car! Unfortunately petrol eventually won out, but imagine for a moment, all of our energy coming solely from steam! The world would be so much different - most likely for the better!

Hero of AlexandriaCreated the very first steam engine in the first century

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JAMES WATT

Biography

James Watt - Born January 19, 1736. Died August 25, 1918 in Warwick, England. James vastly improved on the steam engine design by Thomas Newcomen.

As a young boy educated by his mother in Latin, Greek, and Mathematics, James soon took to his fathers trade of engineering. Starting with models of planes and construction vehicles. Staying on path he eventually becamed learned at a relatives University, Glasgow by which he was able to later obtain work creating mathematical and measuring instruments. A model of Newcomen's steam engine was built at the university and frequently needed repair. Watt studied the engine and became intrigued by the amount of energy being wasted by Newcomen's design. Watt eventually worked on a new model that worked more efficiently by the use of a separated condenser. He patented his design in 1874 and cornered the market for the steam engine until 1900, with a few improvements in between.

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1710 - Newcomen Engine Invented1775 - Separated Condenser by Watt1814 - Locomotive by George Stephenson

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James Watt is responsible for our ability to measure engine force by horse power.

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