STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE: BIOGRAPHIES

History is always made by people. Of course, this also applies to the age of the industrial revolution. Industrial history is also not only told through architectural evidence such as mines, production plants or workers' settlements. Just as important are the people of both sexes: inventors, entrepreneurs, financiers and above all the workers.
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Following we present more than 230 biographies of selected personalities who influenced the industrial history of Europe, of their countries, regions, towns or of a branch of industry ...

Joseph Ritter von Baader (1763–1835)

Joseph Ritter von Baader was the son of a physician in Munich, who initially studied medicine but turned to mechanical engineer and ...

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Karl Ludwig Johannes Baedeker (1801–55)

Karl Baedeker and his successors initiated a brand, which 160 years after his death remains instantly recognisable.He was born in Essen to ...

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Leo Baekeland (1863–1944)

Leo Baekeland was a Belgian chemist whose researches did much to shape the material culture of the mid-20th century. He read chemistry at ...

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John Baildon (1772–1846)

The Scotsman John Baildon was one of the pioneers of industrial development in Upper Silesia, now in Poland but in Baildon’s lifetime part ...

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John Logie Baird (1888–1946)

The television was among the inventions that did most to change society in the twentieth century. European, American and Japanese ...

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Carl Franz Bally (1821–99)

Carl Franz Bally was one of Europe’s leading shoe manufacturers in the 19th century and established a brand that is still powerful more ...

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Samuel Bamford (1788–1872)

Samuel Bamford’s autobiographical writings provide a detailed and moving account of the way of life of domestic textile workers during the ...

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Tomáš Bat’a (1876–1932)

The fortunes of the company founded by Tomáš Bat’a reflect the political upheavals that beset central Europe during the twentieth century. ...

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Lieven Bauwens (1769–1822)

Lieven Bauwens was an entrepreneur and industrial spy who spread new cotton manufacturing technologies from England to Belgium and France ...

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Friedrich Bayer (1825–80)

Friedrich Bayer was the son of a silk worker, a member of a family established in the textile industry of Wuppertal, who with others from ...

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Bernd Becher (1931 - 2007) & Hilla Becher (1934–2015)

The photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher (née Wobeser) transformed the ways in which we all view the monuments of past industries, showing ...

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Peter Behrens (1868–1940)

Peter Behrens was one of the most creative architects of the twentieth century, and designed many industrial buildings that were both ...

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Melitta Bentz (1873–1950)

The Melitta coffee filter still used today takes its name from the German housewife-entrepreneur Melitta Bentz who invented and developed ...

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Karl Friedrich Benz (1844–1929)

Karl Benz designed and built the fist practical motorcar to be powered by an internal combustion. He was born in Karlsruhe, the son of a ...

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Louis Bergeron (1929–2014)

Louis Bergeron was a distinguished French scholar who did much to establish the value of the study of industrial heritage with ...

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Annie Besant (1847–1933)

Annie Besant (nee Wood) led a long, varied and eventful life, and for a few years played a crucial role in industrial history. She was the ...

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