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 a selection of personalities who influenced the European industrial history.

Joseph Anton von Maffei (1790 – 1870)

Joseph Anton von Maffei was one of the outstanding Germany engineering entrepreneurs of the ...


Reinhard Mannesmann (1856 – 1922)

Reinhard Mannesmann was a member of a family with deep roots in the iron-working traditions of the ...


Guglielmo Marconi (1874 – 1937)

Marconi was both an inventor and an entrepreneur, the pioneer of radio in Europe. He was born in ...


Jacob Cornelis van Marken (1845 – 1906)

Jacob van Marken was a pioneer in the move towards the factory production of food that took place ...


Karl Heinrich Marx (1818 – 83)

Karl Marx’s thinking has profoundly influenced our understanding of the process of industrialisation ...


Henry Maudslay (1771 – 1831)

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


André Jules Michelin (1853 - 1931) | Edouard Michelin (1859 – 1940)

From humble beginnings, the brothers Michelin established one of the world’s principal ...


Oskar von Miller (1855 – 1934)

Oskar von Miller was a talented Bavarian electrical engineer who is best known as the founder of the ...


William Thomas Mulvany (1806 – 85)

Mulvany was an Irish surveyor and entrepreneur who prospered in the Ruhrgebiet, and did much to ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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