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James Watt

1736 - 1819

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James Watt (; 30 January 1736 (19 January 1736 OS) – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1776, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world. While working as an instrument maker at the University of Glasgow, Watt became interested in the technology of steam engines. He realised that contemporary engine designs wasted a great deal of energy by repeatedly cooling and reheating the cylinder. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Watt has received more than 2,708,442 page views. His biography is available in 128 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 126 in 2019). James Watt is the 5th most popular inventor, the 11th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 12th in 2019) and the most popular British Inventor.

James watt is most famous for inventing the steam engine.

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Among INVENTORS

Among inventors, James Watt ranks 5 out of 355. Before him are Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, and Nikola Tesla. After him are Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1736, James Watt ranks 1After him are Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, Rama I, Jean Sylvain Bailly, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, James Macpherson, Rudolf Erich Raspe, Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, and Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Among people deceased in 1819, James Watt ranks 1After him are Charles IV of Spain, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Maria Luisa of Parma, Kamehameha I, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia, Daniel Rutherford, August von Kotzebue, Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco, and Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Watt ranks 11 out of 6,924. Before him are Adam Smith (1723), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Charlie Chaplin (1889), John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), and Winston Churchill (1874). After him are Stephen Hawking (1942), Ragnar Lodbrok (850), Queen Victoria (1819), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Michael Faraday (1791), and Henry VIII of England (1491).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, James Watt ranks 1After him are Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), and Richard Arkwright (1732).