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History is always made by people. This, of course, equally holds true for the age of the Industrial Revolution.

Following we present a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.

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Giovanni
Agnelli
 (1921 - 2003)
Giovanni Agnelli inherited control of Italy’s largest motor manufacturing company at the age of 45...
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Shami
Ahmed
(1962)
Many successful entrepreneurs have been migrants into the communities in which they have achieved success,...
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Sir John
Aird
 (1833 - 1911)
Sir John Aird was the head of an engineering and building company that carried out numerous important...
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Reinhold Rücker
Angerstein
(1718 - 60)
Reinhold Rücker Angerstein was the most talented of the representatives of the Swedish Ironmasters`...
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Sir Richard
Arkwright
 (1732 - 92)
Sir Richard Arkwright transformed the cotton industry throughout Europe. He was born at Preston, and...
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Giorgio
Armani
(1934)
The career of Giorgio Armani exemplifies the power of brands in 20th- and 21st-century industry, and...
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Sir William George
Armstrong
 (1810 - 1900)
William Armstrong was the principal innovator in the use of hydraulic power, which in his lifetime came...
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Paul
Arzens
(1903 - 90)
Paul Arzens was one of the foremost European industrial designers of the 20th century.

He spent most...
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Laura
Ashley
 (1925 - 85)
Laura Ashley (nee Mountney) was one of the most successful British entrepreneurs of the second half of...
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Frank
Atkinson
(1924 - 2014)
Frank Atkinson was the founder-director of Beamish, the museum’s inspiring genius, and an influential...
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Karl Ludwig Johannes
Baedeker
 (1801 - 55)
Karl Baedeker and his successors initiated a brand, which 160 years after his death remains instantly...
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Leo
Baekeland
(1863 - 1944)
Leo Baekeland was a Belgian chemist whose researches did much to shape the material culture of the mid-20th...
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