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 ...

Paulin Talabot (1799–1885)

The engineer Paulin Talabot built the first railway in south-east France and played a key role in proposals for the Suez Canal. Talabot ...

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Thomas Telford (1757–1834)

Thomas Telford was one of the first civil engineers to gain an international reputation. He trained as a stone mason in Edinburgh and ...

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Nikola Tesla (1846–1943)

Tesla was one of the most brilliant and prolific inventors of his generation, remembered for his contributions to electrical power – the ...

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Sidney Gilchrist Thomas (1850–85)

Sidney Gilchrist Thomas was essentially an amateur scientist, and died young, but he was responsible for an innovation that profoundly ...

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Edward Thomas (1794–c.1850)

Edward Thomas was an engineer born in Bristol, England, who developed mechanical engineering companies in the Ruhr region, Saxony and ...

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John (Johann) Edler von Thornton (1771–1847)

John Thornton is an important example of the many individuals who enabled the diffusion of technologies during the Industrial Revolution ...

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August Thyssen (1842–1926)

August Thyssen was one of the principal entrepreneurs in the iron and steel industry of the Ruhrgebiet, whose influence spread throughout ...

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Richard Trevithick (1771–1833)

Richard Trevithick made an enormous contribution to the development of steam power. He developed the use of high-pressure steam, and was ...

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Mårten Triewald (1691–1747)

Mårten Triewald was a merchant, engineer and amateur physicist who did much to introduce new technologies in Sweden in the early ...

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Dr Oscar Troplowitz (1863–1918)

The pharmaceutical industry is often considered to be concerned primarily with drugs that combat disease, but it also encompasses skin ...

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Jethro Tull (1674–1741)

The eighteenth century was a time of rapid change in agriculture in Britain, prompted by the enclosure of common land, the creation of ...

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