History is always made by people. This, of course, equally holds true for the age of the Industrial Revolution.
For this reason ERIH does not confine itself to simply presenting inventions and factories, but also inventors and architects of both sexes. We want to tell stories about the Industrial Revolution because it is so near to us. Near, because it has shaped our lives more than any other age in history. Not only that; our memories are still fresh and, for this reason, the stories are so exciting and authentic.

Following we present 187 biographies of selected personalities who influenced Europe's industrial history.

Paul La Cour (1846 – 1908)

Paul La Cour was a pioneer in the application of wind-power, a sphere in which Denmark has led ...


Carl Gustaf Patrick de Laval (1845 – 1913)

Laval was a Swedish engineer whose innovations profoundly influenced the growth of the dairy ...


William Hesketh Lever, first Viscount Leverhulme (1851 – 1925)

W H Lever was a successful soap manufacturer who founded the model industrial village of Port ...


William Lindley (1808 – 1900)

William Lindley was an engineer and urban planner who spread main sewer design on modern principles ...


John Lombe (1693 – 1722)

The brothers Thomas Lombe and John Lombe together revolutionised the spinning of silk in England by ...


Jan Jósef Ignacy Lukasiewicz (1822 – 82)

Jan Jósef Ignacy Łukasiewicz was one of the outstanding pioneers of the oil industry in Europe, the ...


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