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.

Thomas Parker (1843 – 1915)

A pioneer of the British electrical industry, Thomas Parker was described by Lord Kelvin as the ...


Sir Charles Algernon Parsons (1854 – 1931)

He was born in London of a family whose roots were at Birr in Ireland. He studied at Trinity ...


Alan Pegler (1920 – 2012)

Alan Pegler was one of the pioneers of the heritage railway movement in the United Kingdom, which ...


Sir John Pender (1816 – 1896)

Sir John Pender was a pioneer of telegraphic communications whose work transformed the nature of the ...


Armand Peugeot (1849 – 1915)

Armand Peugeot was one of the founders of the French motor car manufacturing industry. He was born ...


Gerard Philips (1858 – 1942)

Gerard Leonard Frederik Philips was an entrepreneur whose company produced on a large scale some of ...


Frank Pick (1878 – 1941)

Frank Pick was the manager who created what was probably Europe`s best urban passenger transport ...


Giovanni Battista Pirelli (1848 – 1942)

The name Pirelli is familiar across Europe, wherever motor cars are driven, and particularly where ...


Chistopher Polhem (1661 – 1751)

Christopher Polhem was a polymath whose understanding of the natural world was based on experience ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture

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