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.

Martin Triewald (1691 – 1747)

Martin Triewald was a merchant, engineer and amateur physicist who did much to introduce new ...


Dr Oscar Troplowitz (1863 – 1918)

The pharmaceutical industry is often considered to be concerned primarily with drugs that combat ...


Jan Verbruggen (1712 – 81)

Jan Verbruggen was a foundryman through whom important machine tool techniques were transmitted from ...


Sir Cornelius Vermuyden (1595 – 1683)

Cornelius Vermuyden was one of the most talented of Dutch drainage and waterways engineers, and was ...


Sir James Walker (1781 – 1862)

In his youth James Walker worked with some of the outstanding civil engineers of the Industrial ...


James Watt (1736 – 1819)

James Watt was a genius of many talents who was at the heart of the technological and economic ...


Josiah Wedgwood (1750 – 95)

Joseph Wedgwood was, in his lifetime, the best-known pottery manufacturer in Europe. He made many ...


William Wilkinson (1744 – 1808)

William Wilkinson was the principal channel through which British innovations in ironmaking in the ...


Alfred Williams (1877 – 1930)

(Owen) Alfred Williams was a poet and writer, whose account of more than 20 years employment at the ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture