Thomas Newcomen

1663 - 1729

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Thomas Newcomen (; February 1664 – 5 August 1729) was an English inventor who created the atmospheric engine, the first practical fuel-burning engine in 1712. He was an ironmonger by trade and a Baptist lay preacher by calling. He was born in Dartmouth, in Devon, England, to a merchant family and baptised at St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Newcomen has received more than 628,096 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Thomas Newcomen is the 31st most popular inventor (down from 24th in 2019), the 222nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 192nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular British Inventor.

Thomas Newcomen is most famous for inventing the first practical steam engine in 1712.

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Among inventors, Thomas Newcomen ranks 31 out of 426Before him are Ismail al-Jazari, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Antonio Meucci, Denis Papin, Steve Wozniak, and Joseph Marie Jacquard. After him are Nicolas Appert, Eli Whitney, George Westinghouse, Igor Sikorsky, Robert Fulton, and László Bíró.

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Among people born in 1663, Thomas Newcomen ranks 2Before him is Prince Eugene of Savoy. After him are Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, Árni Magnússon, Guillaume Amontons, August Hermann Francke, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, Lobsang Yeshe, 5th Panchen Lama, Luca Carlevarijs, Cotton Mather, and Agafya Grushetskaya. Among people deceased in 1729, Thomas Newcomen ranks 1After him are John Law, Leopold, Duke of Lorraine, Jacob Roggeveen, Jean Meslier, Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Johann David Heinichen, John William III, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, Louis Antoine de Noailles, and Count Palatine Joseph Charles of Sulzbach.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Newcomen ranks 222 out of 8,785Before him are Lady Godiva (990), Richard Madden (1986), C. F. Powell (1903), Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982). After him are Robert Brown (1773), Laurence Olivier (1907), Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901), Alcuin (735), James Hunt (1947), and Charles Glover Barkla (1877).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Thomas Newcomen ranks 5Before him are James Watt (1736), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), and George Stephenson (1781). After him are Richard Trevithick (1771), Frank Whittle (1907), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and Thomas Savery (1650).