John Robinson McClean (1813–73)

JRM was born in Northern Ireland in 1813, and educated at the Royal Academical Institute, Belfast. He attended Glasgow University between ...

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André Jules (1853 - 1931) & Edouard Michelin (1859–1940)

From humble beginnings, the brothers Michelin established one of the world’s principal tyre-manufacturing companies, set up a global ...

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Oskar von Miller (1855–1934)

Oskar von Miller was a talented Bavarian electrical engineer who is best known as the founder of the Deutsches Museum in Munich. He was a ...

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William Thomas Mulvany (1806–85)

Mulvany was an Irish surveyor and entrepreneur who prospered in the Ruhrgebiet, and did much to transfer British mining technology to ...

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William Murdoch (1754–1839)

The mechanical engineer William Murdoch (or Murdock) was one of the most brilliant and prolific inventors of the British Industrial ...

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John Murray III (1808–92)

John Murray III was one of several British publishers whose guidebooks popularised the concept of touring holidays by rail in foreign ...

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Jacob Muschong (1868–1923)

Jacob (or Iacob) Muschong was a highly successful manufacturer of bricks and tiles who became one of the richest people in Romania. He ...

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Georges Nagelmackers (1845–1905)

Georges Nagelmackers established an international company that came to symbolise luxury travel by rail. He was born in Liège to a wealthy ...

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James Nasmyth (1808–90)

James Nasmyth was an innovative engineer and a successful entrepreneur, whose writings about his early career are a valuable source of ...

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Henri (Heinrich) Nestlé (1814–90)

Henri Nestle was born in 1814 in Frankfurt-am-Main, then a free city, was apprenticed as a pharmacist, and practised his profession after ...

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Thomas Newcomen (1663–1729)

Thomas Newcomen, an ironmonger from the port of Dartmouth in Devon, became aware of the difficulties of draining tin and copper mines in ...

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Marie Nisser (1937–2011)

Marie Nisser was an art historian who came to be fascinated by the industrial heritage and greatly influenced its development not only in ...

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Alfred Berhard Nobel (1833–96)

Born in Sweden, the Alfred Nobel spent moved to Russia in 1842, where his father was employed in a mechanical engineering workshop in St ...

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Ludwig (1831 - 88) & Robert Nobel (1829–96)

The member of the Nobel family most remembered today is Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel prizes. However, his ...

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Rudolf August Oetker (1916–2007)

Companies making food additives, for use in the home or in large-scale manufacturing, prospered in most economically advanced European ...

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Robert Owen (1771–1858)

Robert Owen was one of the most influential figures of the Industrial Revolution, a successful and philanthropic factory owner, a pioneer ...

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