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 ...

Carl Franz Bally (1821–99)

Carl Franz Bally was one of Europe’s leading shoe manufacturers in the 19th century and established a brand that is still powerful more ...

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Samuel Bamford (1788–1872)

Samuel Bamford’s autobiographical writings provide a detailed and moving account of the way of life of domestic textile workers during the ...

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Tomáš Bat’a (1876–1932)

The fortunes of the company founded by Tomáš Bat’a reflect the political upheavals that beset central Europe during the twentieth century. ...

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Lieven Bauwens (1769–1822)

Lieven Bauwens was an entrepreneur and industrial spy who spread new cotton manufacturing technologies from England to Belgium and France ...

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Friedrich Bayer (1825–80)

Friedrich Bayer was the son of a silk worker, a member of a family established in the textile industry of Wuppertal, who with others from ...

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Bernd Becher (1931 - 2007) & Hilla Becher (1934–2015)

The photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher (née Wobeser) transformed the ways in which we all view the monuments of past industries, showing ...

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Peter Behrens (1868–1940)

Peter Behrens was one of the most creative architects of the twentieth century, and designed many industrial buildings that were both ...

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Melitta Bentz (1873–1950)

The Melitta coffee filter still used today takes its name from the German housewife-entrepreneur Melitta Bentz who invented and developed ...

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Karl Friedrich Benz (1844–1929)

Karl Benz designed and built the fist practical motorcar to be powered by an internal combustion. He was born in Karlsruhe, the son of a ...

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Louis Bergeron (1929–2014)

Louis Bergeron was a distinguished French scholar who did much to establish the value of the study of industrial heritage with ...

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Annie Besant (1847–1933)

Annie Besant (nee Wood) led a long, varied and eventful life, and for a few years played a crucial role in industrial history. She was the ...

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Henry Bessemer (1813–98)

The ‘Bessemer converter’ was one of the most important technological innovations of the nineteenth century. It enabled the production of ...

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Carl Friedrich (Charles Frederick) Beyer (1813–76)

Carl Friedrich Beyer was the son of a weaver from Plauen in Saxony, and studied at the polytechnic in Dresden, before taking advantage of ...

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Charles Bianconi (1786–1875)

Charles (Carlo) Bianconi was an Italian who transformed passenger transport in Ireland in the decades before the construction of main line ...

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August Borsig (1804–54)

(Johann Friedrich) August Borsig was the founder of one of Germany`s principal engineering companies. He was born, the son of a carpenter ...

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Robert Bosch (1861–1942)

Robert Bosch is best-known in the history of technology for his role in the development of the spark plug, and in business history as the ...

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