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 Anton von Maffei (1790–1870)

Joseph Anton von Maffei was one of the outstanding Germany engineering entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century. He was born in Munich, the ...

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Julius Maggi (1846–1912)

Today there are many multinational companies in the food industry. One of the entrepreneurs who pioneered production and branding across ...

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Nicolae Malaxa (1884–1965)

In the late 1930s, Nicolae Malaxa was probably the richest man in Romania. He had built up a huge industrial empire in steel manufacturing ...

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Aaron Manby (1776–1850)

Aaron Manby was a British ironmaster and engineer who introduced the manufacture of steam-engines to France. He was responsible for ...

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Reinhard Mannesmann (1856–1922)

Reinhard Mannesmann was a member of a family with deep roots in the iron-working traditions of the Bergisches Land, who made a series of ...

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Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937)

Marconi was both an inventor and an entrepreneur, the pioneer of radio in Europe. He was born in Bologna to an Italian father and an Irish ...

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Jacob Cornelis van Marken (1845–1906)

Jacob van Marken was a pioneer in the move towards the factory production of food that took place throughout Europe in the late 19th ...

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Karl Heinrich Marx (1818–83)

Karl Marx’s thinking has profoundly influenced our understanding of the process of industrialisation in Europe. The implications of the ...

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Henry Maudslay (1771–1831)

Henry Maudslay made rhw machine tools that made possible the widespread percolation of engineering skills during the Industrial ...

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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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