Henry Bessemer (1813–98)

The ‘Bessemer converter’ was one of the most important technological innovations of the nineteenth century. It enabled the production of ...

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Carl Friedrich (Charles Frederick) Beyer (1813–76)

Carl Friedrich Beyer was the son of a weaver from Plauen in Saxony, and studied at the polytechnic in Dresden, before taking advantage of ...

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Charles Bianconi (1786–1875)

Charles (Carlo) Bianconi was an Italian who transformed passenger transport in Ireland in the decades before the construction of main line ...

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August Borsig (1804–54)

(Johann Friedrich) August Borsig was the founder of one of Germany`s principal engineering companies. He was born, the son of a carpenter ...

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Robert Bosch (1861–1942)

Robert Bosch is best-known in the history of technology for his role in the development of the spark plug, and in business history as the ...

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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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