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 ...

Emil Rathenau (1838–1915)

Emil Rathenau was the founder of one of the most influential German companies of the first half of the 20th century and the patron of the ...

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Count Wilhelm Friedrich von Reden (1752–1815)

Count Wilhelm Friedrich von Reden was one of the most influential figures in the development of industry in Upper Silesia. He was the ...

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Petrus Regout (1801–79)

Regout was called the ‘pottery king’ of the Netherlands. He established a powerful family business at Maastricht producing ceramics and ...

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Louis Renault (1877–1944)

Louis Renault, like Armand Peugeot and André Citroën established a motor car manufacturing company that was influential not only in France ...

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Sir Harry Ricardo (1885–1974)

Henry Ricardo made many innovations in mechanical engineering that had implications throughout Europe, and pioneered the role of the ...

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William Richards (1756–1831)

Steam power was one of the critical innovations of the industrial revolution, allowing mechanical power to be concentrated wherever it was ...

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Charlotta Richardy (1751–1831)

At a time when Swedish society gave little freedom to women, Charlotta Richardy fought for her independence and became a successful ...

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Ludwig August Riedinger (1809–79)

Ludwig August Riedinger achieved distinction in mechanical engineering and played a large part in the development of the textile industry ...

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Nicholas-Louis Robert (1761–1828)

The French inventor Nicholas-Louis Robert created the first continuous paper machine to begin the industrialisation of paper ...

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Henry Roberts (1803–76)

Henry Roberts was an English architect whose designs influenced the provision of social housing throughout Europe, and whose ideas were ...

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Hermann Röchling (1872–1955)

Hermann Röchling was a German steel manufacturer who, over decades, polarized the German-French relations and continued to be a ...

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Alessandro Rossi (1821–98)

Alessandro Rossi was born in Schio, a citizen of the Habsburg Empire, which, until the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, ruled the region ...

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Seebohm Rowntree (1871–1954)

Seebohm Rowntree was one of the most influential figures in social thinking in 20th century Europe. He was born in York, the son of the ...

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