George Bradshaw (1801–53)

George Bradshaw, cartographer, printer, engraver and publisher publicised the concept of travelling by rail for enjoyment and education ...

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Thomas Brassey (1805–70)

Thomas Brassey was the first civil engineering contractor to work on a European, or rather on a global scale. He had the ability to manage ...

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Wernher von Braun (1912–77)

Wernher von Braun was one of the outstanding pioneers of rocket propulsion of the 20th century, and designed the rockets that enabled ...

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Vincenzo Stefano Breda (1825–1903)

Breda was among the most important engineers and entrepreneurs of nineteenth-century Italy. He was born in 1825 at Limena, close to the ...

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James Brindley (1716–72)

James Brindley was the leading British canal engineer in the early part of the Industrial Revolution. He was responsible for a network of ...

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Johann Gottfried Brügelmann (1750–1802)

Johann Gottfried Brügelmann brought the idea of the cotton factory from England to mainland Europe. In 1771, Richard Arkwright built the ...

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–59)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the most imaginative figure in the heroic age of British civil engineering. He was the son of Sir Marc ...

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Éttorre Bugatti (1881–1947)

Éttorre Bugatti is best known as the builder of some of Europe’s most prestigious performance cars, but his interests extended to other ...

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Reinhold Burger (1866–1954)

Reinhold Burger was born in the glassmaking community at Baruth, south of Berlin, and through his work in glass technology did much to ...

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Edmond Cartwright (1742–1823)

The Church of England clergyman, poet and inventor Edmond Cartwright started a revolution in the mechanisation of textile weaving. While ...

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Coco Chanel (1883–1971)

The career of Coco Chanel exemplifies the power of brands in twentieth-century industry and the extension of the market for luxury goods ...

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Yefim (1774 - 1842) & Miron Yefimvich Cherapanow (1803–1849)

Yefim Cherapanov (1774-1842) and his son Miron Yefimovich Cherapanov (1803-49) lived in the ironworking city of Nizhny Tagil in the Urals ...

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André Citroën (1878–1935)

Paris, for many decades in the twentieth century, was one of Europe’s principal motor car manufacturing centres, and on a 19 ha site at ...

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John Cockerill (1790–1840)

John Cockerill was the archetype of those British engineers who took the technologies of the Industrial Revolution to continental Europe ...

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Thomas Cook (1808–92)

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

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Henry Cort (c.1741–1800)

In 1784, Henry Cort invented one of the most important iron-making processes of the Industrial Revolution. This was a new method of ...

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