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.

Paul La Cour (1846 – 1908)

Paul La Cour was a pioneer in the application of wind-power, a sphere in which Denmark has led ...


Carl Gustaf Patrick de Laval (1845 – 1913)

Laval was a Swedish engineer whose innovations profoundly influenced the growth of the dairy ...


William Hesketh Lever, first Viscount Leverhulme (1851 – 1925)

W H Lever was a successful soap manufacturer who founded the model industrial village of Port ...


Jan Jósef Ignacy Lukasiewicz (1822 – 82)

Jan Jósef Ignacy Łukasiewicz was one of the outstanding pioneers of the oil industry in Europe, the ...


Joseph Anton von Maffei (1790 – 1870)

Joseph Anton von Maffei was one of the outstanding Germany engineering entrepreneurs of the ...


Reinhard Mannesmann (1856 – 1922)

Reinhard Mannesmann was a member of a family with deep roots in the iron-working traditions of the ...


Guglielmo Marconi (1874 – 1937)

Marconi was both an inventor and an entrepreneur, the pioneer of radio in Europe. He was born in ...


Jacob Cornelis van Marken (1845 – 1906)

Jacob van Marken was a pioneer in the move towards the factory production of food that took place ...


Karl Heinrich Marx (1818 – 83)

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


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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