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 448,391 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Thomas Newcomen is the 20th most popular inventor (up from 24th in 2019), the 155th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 160th 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 20 out of 355Before him are George Stephenson, Samuel Morse, Nikolaus Otto, Cai Lun, Nicéphore Niépce, and Samuel Colt. After him are Werner von Siemens, Antonio Meucci, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Denis Papin, George Westinghouse, and Bartolomeo Cristofori.

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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, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, August Hermann Francke, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Agafya Grushetskaya, and Cotton Mather. Among people deceased in 1729, Thomas Newcomen ranks 1After him are John Law, Jacob Roggeveen, Leopold, Duke of Lorraine, Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Jean Meslier, Johann David Heinichen, John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Samuel Clarke, John William III, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, and Louis Antoine de Noailles.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Newcomen ranks 155 out of 6,924Before him are Roald Dahl (1916), Duns Scotus (1265), Robert the Bruce (1274), Cat Stevens (1948), Ada Lovelace (1815), and Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank (1935). After him are Eric Clapton (1945), C. S. Lewis (1898), Rosalind Franklin (1920), Mark Knopfler (1949), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), and Humphry Davy (1778).

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 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).