James Watt (1736 – 1819)

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

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Josiah Wedgwood (1750 – 95)

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

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William Wilkinson (1744 – 1808)

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

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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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Arno Wolff (1931)

The life of Arno Wolff, like that of so many European working men, was shaped by the Second World ...

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Eryk Josef Woszczychi (1921 – 2002)

Migration in search of work has always been part of the pattern of industrialisation. In the years ...

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Carl Zeiss (1816 – 1888)

Carl Zeiss, by origin a maker of lenses, was one of the leaders of the photographic industry in ...

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Emile Zola (1840 – 1902)

The novels of Emile Zola depict with startling clarity the inhuman and oppressive aspects of working ...

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