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 ...

Edmond Cartwright (1742–1823)

The Church of England clergyman, poet and inventor Edmond Cartwright started a revolution in the mechanisation of textile weaving. While ...

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Coco Chanel (1883–1971)

The career of Coco Chanel exemplifies the power of brands in twentieth-century industry and the extension of the market for luxury goods ...

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Yefim (1774 - 1842) & Miron Yefimvich Cherapanow (1803–1849)

Yefim Cherapanov (1774-1842) and his son Miron Yefimovich Cherapanov (1803-49) lived in the ironworking city of Nizhny Tagil in the Urals ...

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André Citroën (1878–1935)

Paris, for many decades in the twentieth century, was one of Europe’s principal motor car manufacturing centres, and on a 19 ha site at ...

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John Cockerill (1790–1840)

John Cockerill was the archetype of those British engineers who took the technologies of the Industrial Revolution to continental Europe ...

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Thomas Cook (1808–92)

Thomas Cook was one of several entrepreneurs who in the mid-nineteenth century popularised railway travel throughout Europe through ...

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Henry Cort (c.1741–1800)

In 1784, Henry Cort invented one of the most important iron-making processes of the Industrial Revolution. This was a new method of ...

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Theodor von Cramer-Klett (1817–84)

Theodor von Cramer-Klett (born Theodor Cramer) was born in Vienna and initially worked in his father’s soap business in that city. Later ...

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Thomas Russell Crampton (1816–88)

Thomas Russell Crampton is best-known as the designer of a distinctive type of steam locomotive that was more popular in continental ...

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Silvio Benigno Crespi (1868–1944)

Silvio Benigno Crespi was principally responsible for the building of Crespi d’Adda the most spectacular industrial community in Italy. ...

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Johann Baptist Czjzek Edler von Smidaich (1841–1925)

Johann Baptist Čžjžek Edler von Smidaich was one of the leading entrepreneurs in the Habsburg Empire with interests in several major ...

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