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.

Gerard Philips (1858 – 1942)

Gerard Leonard Frederik Philips was an entrepreneur whose company produced on a large scale some of ...


Frank Pick (1878 – 1941)

Frank Pick was the manager who created what was probably Europe`s best urban passenger transport ...


Giovanni Battista Pirelli (1848 – 1942)

The name Pirelli is familiar across Europe, wherever motor cars are driven, and particularly where ...


Chistopher Polhem (1661 – 1751)

Christopher Polhem was a polymath whose understanding of the natural world was based on experience ...


Ferdinand Porsche (1875 – 1951)

Ferdinand Porsche was one of the outstanding automobile engineers of the 20th century and was ...


Emil Rathenau (1838 – 1915)

Emil Rathenau was the founder of one of the most influential German companies of the first half of ...


Count Wilhelm Friedrich von Reden (1752 – 1815)

Count Wilhelm Friedrich von Reden was one of the most influential figures in the development of ...


Louis Renault (1877 – 1944)

Louis Renault, like Armand Peugeot and André Citroën established a motor car manufacturing company ...


Sir Harry Ricardo (1885 – 1974)

Henry Ricardo made many innovations in mechanical engineering that had implications throughout ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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