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.

Karl Auer von Welsbach (1858 – 1929)

Carl Auer von Welsbach, also known as Carl Auer, was a distinguished industrial chemist. He was born ...


Joseph Ritter von Baader (1763 – 1835)

Joseph Ritter von Baader was the son of a physician in Munich, who initially studied medicine but ...


Karl Ludwig Johannes Baedeker (1801 – 55)

Karl Baedeker and his successors initiated a brand, which 160 years after his death remains ...


Leo Baekeland (1863 – 1944)

Leo Baekeland was a Belgian chemist whose researches did much to shape the material culture of the ...


John Baildon (1772 – 1846)

The Scotsman John Baildon was one of the pioneers of industrial development in Upper Silesia, now in ...


Carl Franz Bally (1821 – 99)

Carl Franz Bally was one of Europe’s leading shoe manufacturers in the 19th century and established ...


Samuel Bamford (1788 – 1872)

Samuel Bamford’s autobiographical writings provide a detailed and moving account of the way of life ...


Tomáš Bat’a (1876 – 1932)

The fortunes of the company founded by Tomáš Bat’a reflect the political upheavals that beset ...


Friedrich Bayer (1825 – 80)

Friedrich Bayer was the son of a silk worker, a member of a family established in the textile ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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