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 Heinrich Marx (1818 – 83)

Karl Marx’s thinking has profoundly influenced our understanding of the process of industrialisation ...


Henry Maudslay (1771 – 1831)

Henry Maudslay made rhw machine tools that made possible the widespread percolation of engineering ...


André Jules Michelin (1853 - 1931) | Edouard Michelin (1859 – 1940)

From humble beginnings, the brothers Michelin established one of the world’s principal ...


Oskar von Miller (1855 – 1934)

Oskar von Miller was a talented Bavarian electrical engineer who is best known as the founder of the ...


William Thomas Mulvany (1806 – 85)

Mulvany was an Irish surveyor and entrepreneur who prospered in the Ruhrgebiet, and did much to ...


John Murray III (1808 – 92)

John Murray III was one of several British publishers whose guidebooks popularised the concept of ...


Georges Nagelmackers (1846 – 1905)

Georges Nagelmackers established an international company that came to symbolise luxury travel by ...


James Nasmyth (1808 – 90)

James Nasmyth was an innovative engineer and a successful entrepreneur, whose writings about his ...


Henri (Heinrich) Nestlé (1814 – 90)

Henri Nestle was born in 1814 in Frankfurt-am-Main, then a free city, was apprenticed as a ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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