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.

Georges Nagelmackers (1846 – 1905)

Georges Nagelmackers established an international company that came to symbolise luxury travel by ...


James Nasmyth (1808 – 90)

James Nasmyth was an innovative engineer and a successful entrepreneur, whose writings about his ...


Henri (Heinrich) Nestlé (1814 – 90)

Henri Nestle was born in 1814 in Frankfurt-am-Main, then a free city, was apprenticed as a ...


Thomas Newcomen (1663 – 1729)

Thomas Newcomen, an ironmonger from the port of Dartmouth in Devon, became aware of the difficulties ...


Marie Nisser (1937 – 2011)

Marie Nisser was an art historian who came to be fascinated by the industrial heritage and greatly ...


Alfred Berhard Nobel (1833 – 96)

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


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