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 a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.

Emil Škoda (1839 – 1900)

Emil Skoda was one of the engineers who laid the foundations for the prosperity of heavy industry in ...


Ernest Solvay (1838 – 1922)

Ernest Solvay’s innovations transformed the chemical industry throughout Europe, and were the ...


Margarete Steiff (1847 – 1909)

The life of Margarete Steiff is an heroic story of triumph over handicaps. It is also a significant ...


Charles Theodoor Stork (1822 – 95)

Charles Stork set up an engineering works in Hengelo that transformed the economy of that small town ...


Philip Sidney Stott (1858 – 1937)

Sidney Stott was the best-known of a family of Lancashire architects, specialising in the design of ...


Thomas Telford (1757 – 1834)

Thomas Telford was one of the first civil engineers to gain an international reputation. He trained ...


Sidney Gilchrist Thomas (1850 – 85)

Sidney Gilchrist Thomas was essentially an amateur scientist, and died young, but he was responsible ...


August Thyssen (1842 – 1926)

August Thyssen was one of the principal entrepreneurs in the iron and steel industry of the ...


Richard Trevithick (1771 – 1833)

Richard Trevithick made an enormous contribution to the development of steam power. He developed the ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture