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.

John Cockerill (1790 – 1840)

John Cockerill was the archetype of those British engineers who took the technologies of the ...


Thomas Cook (1808 – 92)

Thomas Cook was one of several entrepreneurs who in the mid-nineteenth century popularised railway ...


Thomas Russell Crampton (1816 – 88)

Thomas Russell Crampton is best-known as the designer of a distinctive type of steam locomotive that ...


Theodor von Cremer-Klett (1817 – 84)

Theodor von Cremer-Klett (born Theodor Cremer) was born in Vienna and initially worked in his ...


Silvio Benigno Crespi (1868 – 1944)

Silvio Benigno Crespi was principally responsible for the building of Crespi d’Adda the most ...


Johann Baptist Czjzek Edler von Smidaich (1841 – 1925)

Johann Baptist Čžjžek Edler von Smidaich was one of the leading entrepreneurs in the Habsburg Empire ...


Gottlieb Daimler (1834 – 1900)

Gottlieb Daimler was one of the outstanding pioneers of the motor industry. Born at Schorndorf, ...


Abiah Darby (1716 – 94)

Abiah Darby (nee Maude, other married name Sinclair) was the wife of Abraham Darby II (1711-63) of ...


Abraham Darby ()

The Darby dynasty were important figures in the British iron industry for nearly two centuries, and ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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