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.

James Finlayson (1772 – 1852)

James Finlayson was a Scotsman who played a large part in establishing the textile industry in ...


Karl Flanner (1920 – 2013)

The slave labour systems imposed by Nazi and Communist governments before, during and after the ...


Anthony Herman Focker (1890 – 1939)

Anthony Fokker was one of the principal pioneers in Europe of the manufacture of aircraft. He was ...


Georges Franju (1912 – 87)

Georges Franju was a French film director who made two documentaries that are of importance to ...


Abraham Ganz (1815 – 67)

Abraham Ganz founded an engineering company in Budapest that became the largest in Hungary and ...


Johnann Rudolf Geigy-Merian (1830 – 1917)

Johnann Rudolf Geigy-Merian was a member of the family who established a pharmaceutical company in ...


Karl Ritter von Ghega (1802 – 60)

Karl Ritter von Ghega was engineer of the Semmeringbahn (the Semmering railway), generally regarded ...


Philippe de Girard (1775 – 1845)

Philippe de Girard is one of the most outstanding 19th century scientists and inventors. He was born ...


Alfred George de Glehn (1848 – 1936)

Alfred de Glehn contributed as much as any individual engineer to the development of the steam ...


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WORK it Out – Day of Industrial Culture