Matthew Boulton

1728 - 1809

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Matthew Boulton ( BOHL-tən; 3 September 1728 – 17 August 1809) was an English businessman, inventor, mechanical engineer, and silversmith. He was a business partner of the Scottish engineer James Watt. In the final quarter of the 18th century, the partnership installed hundreds of Boulton & Watt steam engines, which were a great advance on the state of the art, making possible the mechanisation of factories and mills. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matthew Boulton has received more than 550,129 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Matthew Boulton is the 174th most popular inventor (up from 178th in 2019), the 1,505th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,541st in 2019) and the 26th most popular British Inventor.

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Among inventors, Matthew Boulton ranks 174 out of 426Before him are Elihu Thomson, Lagâri Hasan Çelebi, Guillaume Amontons, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, Reginald Fessenden, and Charles Cros. After him are Friedrich Zander, Joseph Monier, Philo Farnsworth, Henrich Focke, James Dyson, and Georges Claude.

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Among people born in 1728, Matthew Boulton ranks 19Before him are John Hunter, Robert Adam, Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Johann Adam Hiller, Shah Alam II, and Kirill Razumovski. After him are Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Wallis, Carlo Allioni, Johann Andreas Stein, Hiraga Gennai, and Franz Xaver von Wulfen. Among people deceased in 1809, Matthew Boulton ranks 11Before him are Nicolai Abildgaard, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, August Ludwig von Schlözer, and Joseph-Marie Vien. After him are François Laurent d'Arlandes, Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, Leopold Auenbrugger, William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Ueda Akinari, and Augustin Pajou.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Matthew Boulton ranks 1,505 out of 8,785Before him are Paul Bettany (1971), Robert Southey (1774), Dennis Nilsen (1945), Elsa Lanchester (1902), Herbert Kilpin (1870), and Christopher Hitchens (1949). After him are Andrew Parker Bowles (1939), Jared Harris (1961), Edward the Exile (1016), Bill Ward (1948), Henry Sidgwick (1838), and William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Matthew Boulton ranks 26Before him are W. O. Bentley (1888), John Kay (1704), Charles Algernon Parsons (1854), Robert Stirling (1790), William Murdoch (1754), and Elihu Thomson (1853). After him are James Dyson (1947), Sandford Fleming (1827), Jethro Tull (1674), David Edward Hughes (1831), Henry Maudslay (1771), and Oliver Lodge (1851).