James Watt (1736–1819)

James Watt was a genius of many talents who was at the heart of the technological and economic changes in 18th century Britain that have ...

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Josiah Wedgwood (1730–95)

Joseph Wedgwood was, in his lifetime, the best-known pottery manufacturer in Europe. He made many notable contributions to the means of ...

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Benjamin Wegner (1795–1864)

Jacob Benjamin Wegner was a timber merchant and a major producer of cobalt blue pigment in Norway around the mid-nineteenth century. He ...

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Lazare Weiller (1858–1928)

Lazare Weiller was a French engineer, industrialist and politician who developed new technologies in several fields. His companies were ...

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Charles de Wendel (1809–70)

Charles de Wendel was an iron and steel manufacturer in the Lorraine region of north-east France. When he joined the family company it ...

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Robert Whitehead (1823–1905)

The torpedo was a new weapon developed in the nineteenth century that had a terrible impact in the two world wars. The British engineer ...

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William Wilkinson (1744–1808)

William Wilkinson was the principal channel through which British innovations in ironmaking in the 18th century were transferred to ...

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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 locomotive works of the Great Western ...

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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 War. He was born in East Prussia. His ...

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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 after the Second World War many ...

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Oliver York (1811–87)

John Oliver York was a British civil and mechanical engineer who undertook construction projects in several western European countries.  ...

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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 Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, and ...

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Emile Zola (1840–1902)

The novels of Emile Zola depict with startling clarity the inhuman and oppressive aspects of working class life in industrial Europe in ...

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