Matthew Boulton

1728 - 1809

Photo of Matthew Boulton

Icon of person Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton (; 3 September 1728 – 17 August 1809) was an English manufacturer and business partner of 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 446,800 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Matthew Boulton is the 172nd most popular inventor (up from 183rd in 2019), the 1,523rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,543rd in 2019) and the 27th most popular British Inventor.

Memorability Metrics

  • 450k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 65.60

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.39

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.46

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Matthew Boultons by language


Among inventors, Matthew Boulton ranks 172 out of 355Before him are Hans von Ohain, Charles Martin Hall, Lars Magnus Ericsson, Joseph Monier, Sandford Fleming, and Friedrich Zander. After him are Guillaume Amontons, Hubert Cecil Booth, J. Presper Eckert, Shigeo Shingo, Peter Henlein, and George de Mestral.

Most Popular Inventors in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1728, Matthew Boulton ranks 18Before him are John Hunter, Samuel Wallis, Oliver Goldsmith, Antoine Baumé, Johann Adam Hiller, and Ali Bey al-Kabir. After him are Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Carlo Allioni, Shah Alam II, Maria Angela Ardinghelli, Hiraga Gennai, and John Wilkinson. Among people deceased in 1809, Matthew Boulton ranks 11Before him are Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Nicolai Abildgaard, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, August Ludwig von Schlözer, Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle, and François Laurent d'Arlandes. After him are William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Leopold Auenbrugger, Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, Ueda Akinari, Archduke Karl of Austria-Este, and Meriwether Lewis.

Others Born in 1728

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1809

Go to all Rankings

In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Matthew Boulton ranks 1,523 out of 6,924Before him are Martin Rees (1942), Roger Williamson (1948), Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838), Jack Hawkins (1910), Peter Lawford (1923), and Richard Aldington (1892). After him are Andrew Bertie (1929), George Grenville (1712), Jason Isaacs (1963), Patrick Geddes (1854), Charles Frederick Worth (1825), and Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Matthew Boulton ranks 27Before him are Robert Stirling (1790), John Kay (1704), Jethro Tull (1674), Charles Algernon Parsons (1854), David Edward Hughes (1831), and Sandford Fleming (1827). After him are Hubert Cecil Booth (1871), John Kemp Starley (1854), William Murdoch (1754), Oliver Lodge (1851), Joseph Whitworth (1803), and Frederick Scott Archer (1813).