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.

William Dargan (1799 – 1867)

The civil engineer William Dargon is rightly regarded as the ‘father of Irish railways’. He was born ...


Adolf Dassler (1900 – 78)

Leisure pursuits, links with sporting stars and the cult of celebrity and powerful brand names are ...


Zino Davidoff (1906 – 94)

Zino Davidoff established himself as one of Europe’s principal suppliers of cigars, and his name ...


Philippe de Girard ()

Philippe de Girard ist einer der herausragenden Wissenschaftler und Erfinder des 19. Jahrhunderts. ...


Rudolf Diesel (1858 – 1913)

In the course of the 20th century the diesel engine became the principal means of propelling ...


Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck (1830 – 1916)

Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck became one of the richest men of his time and from 1901 held the ...


Georges Dufaud (1777 – 1852)

Georges Dufaud, born in Beaumont-la-Ferriere (Nièvre), discovered the activity in the La Chaussade ...


Francis Egerton (1736 – 1803)

The achievements of the third Duke of Bridgewater were summarised in 1805 by Thomas Telford who ...


Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832 – 1923)

The French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel developed an international practice particularly for large ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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