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 ...

Robert Whitehead (1823–1905)

The torpedo was a new weapon developed in the nineteenth century that had a terrible impact in the two world wars. The British engineer ...

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William Wilkinson (1744–1808)

William Wilkinson was the principal channel through which British innovations in ironmaking in the 18th century were transferred to ...

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Alfred Williams (1877–1930)

(Owen) Alfred Williams was a poet and writer, whose account of more than 20 years employment at the locomotive works of the Great Western ...

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Arno Wolff (1931)

The life of Arno Wolff, like that of so many European working men, was shaped by the Second World War. He was born in East Prussia. His ...

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Eryk Josef Woszczychi (1921–2002)

Migration in search of work has always been part of the pattern of industrialisation. In the years after the Second World War many ...

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Oliver York (1811–87)

John Oliver York was a British civil and mechanical engineer who undertook construction projects in several western European countries.  ...

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Carl Zeiss (1816–1888)

Carl Zeiss, by origin a maker of lenses, was one of the leaders of the photographic industry in Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, and ...

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Emile Zola (1840–1902)

The novels of Emile Zola depict with startling clarity the inhuman and oppressive aspects of working class life in industrial Europe in ...

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