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 ...

Georges Nagelmackers (1845–1905)

Georges Nagelmackers established an international company that came to symbolise luxury travel by rail. He was born in Liège to a wealthy ...

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James Nasmyth (1808–90)

James Nasmyth was an innovative engineer and a successful entrepreneur, whose writings about his early career are a valuable source of ...

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Henri (Heinrich) Nestlé (1814–90)

Henri Nestle was born in 1814 in Frankfurt-am-Main, then a free city, was apprenticed as a pharmacist, and practised his profession after ...

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Thomas Newcomen (1663–1729)

Thomas Newcomen, an ironmonger from the port of Dartmouth in Devon, became aware of the difficulties of draining tin and copper mines in ...

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Marie Nisser (1937–2011)

Marie Nisser was an art historian who came to be fascinated by the industrial heritage and greatly influenced its development not only in ...

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Ludwig (1831 - 88) & Robert Nobel (1829–96)

The member of the Nobel family most remembered today is Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel prizes. However, his ...

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Alfred Berhard Nobel (1833–96)

Born in Sweden, the Alfred Nobel spent moved to Russia in 1842, where his father was employed in a mechanical engineering workshop in St ...

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