James Watt: The 18th-Century Scotsman Who Became a Hero of Human Progress

Brilliant article by Alex Hammond on James Watt.

This one takes the key:

Watt’s first profitable dual-cylinder steam engine entered the market on March 8, 1776, a day before Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations was first published. Little did the two Scotsmen know that they were about to change the world forever.

Hammond runs a series of people who have made an extraordinary contribution to the wellbeing of humanity. Watt is 13th in the series:

Today marks the 13th installment in a series of articles by HumanProgress.org titled Heroes of Progress. This bi-weekly column provides a short introduction to heroes who have made an extraordinary contribution to the wellbeing of humanity. You can find the 12th part of this series here.

Our 13th Hero of Progress is James Watt, the 18th-century Scottish engineer and inventor who enhanced the design of the steam engine. Watt’s steam engine made energy supply more efficient and reliable than ever before. It was fundamental to kick-starting the Industrial Revolution.

 

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