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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 534,434 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Thomas Newcomen is the 24th most popular inventor (down from 20th in 2019), the 192nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 154th in 2019) and the 6th 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 24 out of 354Before him are Louis Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, John Logie Baird, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Samuel Colt, and Charles K. Kao. After him are Antonio Meucci, Werner von Siemens, James Naismith, Steve Wozniak, Denis Papin, and Ernő Rubik.

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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, Cotton Mather, Agafya Grushetskaya, Lobsang Yeshe, 5th Panchen Lama, and Princess Eleonore Juliane of Brandenburg-Ansbach. Among people deceased in 1729, Thomas Newcomen ranks 1After him are John Law, Leopold, Duke of Lorraine, Jacob Roggeveen, Jean Meslier, Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Johann David Heinichen, William Congreve, John William III, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, and Samuel Clarke.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Newcomen ranks 192 out of 7,765Before him are Elizabeth Woodville (1437), Mary Boleyn (1499), Jeff Beck (1944), Arnold J. Toynbee (1889), J. K. Rowling (1965), and Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496). After him are Roald Dahl (1916), Roger Taylor (1949), Cat Stevens (1948), George Best (1946), Edward the Black Prince (1330), and Duns Scotus (1265).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Thomas Newcomen ranks 6Before him are James Watt (1736), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), and John Logie Baird (1888). After him are Richard Trevithick (1771), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Frank Whittle (1907), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and Thomas Savery (1650).