Thomas Savery

1650 - 1715

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Thomas Savery (; c. 1650 – 15 May 1715) was an English inventor and engineer, born at Shilstone, a manor house near Modbury, Devon, England. He invented the first commercially used steam-powered device, a steam pump which is often referred to as an "engine", although it is not technically an engine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Savery has received more than 347,134 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Thomas Savery is the 70th most popular inventor (down from 69th in 2019), the 485th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 483rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Inventor.

Thomas Savery is most famous for inventing the first commercially successful steam engine.

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Among inventors, Thomas Savery ranks 70 out of 355Before him are John Deere, George Eastman, Louis Renault, John Browning, Richard Arkwright, and Alexander Stepanovich Popov. After him are Jacques de Vaucanson, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Jacques Piccard, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, and Alois Senefelder.

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Among people born in 1650, Thomas Savery ranks 3Before him are William III of England and John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. After him are Jean Bart, Ahmad Khani, Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, Princess Wilhelmine Ernestine of Denmark, Vincenzo Coronelli, Frederick Casimir Kettler, Joachim Neander, Anthim the Iberian, and Nell Gwyn. Among people deceased in 1715, Thomas Savery ranks 3Before him are Louis XIV of France and Nicolas Malebranche. After him are François Fénelon, Dom Pérignon, Marie Mancini, Antoine Galland, William Dampier, Gülnuş Sultan, Pu Songling, Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, and Charlotte Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Savery ranks 485 out of 6,924Before him are John Cleese (1939), Vivienne Westwood (1941), James Hutton (1726), Thomas Harriot (1560), Peter Brook (1925), and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767). After him are John Couch Adams (1819), John Bonham (1948), Austen Chamberlain (1863), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), G. E. Moore (1873), and Offa of Mercia (800).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Thomas Savery ranks 13Before him are John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), and Richard Arkwright (1732). After him are Edmund Cartwright (1743), Henry Bessemer (1813), John Harrison (1693), William Webb Ellis (1806), James Hargreaves (1720), and Samuel Crompton (1753).