History is always made by people. This, of course, equally holds true for the age of the Industrial Revolution.
For this reason ERIH does not confine itself to simply presenting inventions and factories, but also inventors and architects of both sexes. We want to tell stories about the Industrial Revolution because it is so near to us. Near, because it has shaped our lives more than any other age in history. Not only that; our memories are still fresh and, for this reason, the stories are so exciting and authentic.

Following we present 187 biographies of selected personalities who influenced Europe's industrial history.

William Wilkinson (1744 – 1808)

William Wilkinson was the principal channel through which British innovations in ironmaking in the ...


Alfred Williams (1877 – 1930)

(Owen) Alfred Williams was a poet and writer, whose account of more than 20 years employment at the ...


Arno Wolff (1931)

The life of Arno Wolff, like that of so many European working men, was shaped by the Second World ...


Eryk Josef Woszczychi (1921 – 2002)

Migration in search of work has always been part of the pattern of industrialisation. In the years ...


Oliver York (1811 – 87)

John Oliver York was a British civil and mechanical engineer who undertook construction projects in ...


Carl Zeiss (1816 – 1888)

Carl Zeiss, by origin a maker of lenses, was one of the leaders of the photographic industry in ...


Emile Zola (1840 – 1902)

The novels of Emile Zola depict with startling clarity the inhuman and oppressive aspects of working ...


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