Refresh Your Memory By Learning About James Watt And His Inventions

The human history is categorized into three ages- Stone age, Bronze age, and Iron age. Some argue that Iron age is continuing while according to some Plastic age has captured the whole world. Whatever be their sayings, but the one thing we all know that all the inventions from a needle to the airplane that shaped the world is the gift of iron age. In Iron age, all the discoveries which helped the world to grow took place. One such invention is-Steam Engine.

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The steam engine can be said to have been the moving force behind the Industrial Revolution and are being used in where not from driving machinery in factories, mills, and mines; powering pumping stations; and propelling transport appliances such as railway locomotives, ships, steamboats to the road vehicles. And the credit goes to the James Watt who improved Thomas Newcomen’s 1712 Newcomen steam engine. Many of us do not have the information about James Watt, so here we go to know more about him.

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Let’s Have A Look At The Glorious Life Of James Watt

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His Profession:

Mechanical Engineer

Inventions and Discoveries:

  • Improvement in steam engine
  • Copying paper (ink paper)

Born:

January 19, 1736

Place of birth:

Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Nationality:

Scottish

Died on:

25 August 1819

Death place:

Handsworth, Birmingham, England

Short notes:

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  • Watt was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer.
  • His Watt steam engine was an improvement of the Newcomen steam engine.
  • He got interested in the improvement of a steam engine when realized that engine designs wasted a lot of energy by repeatedly cooling and reheating the cylinder.
  • He introduced a design which had a separate condenser, which avoided the waste of energy which eventually improved the efficiency which reduced the cost of steam engines.

Dates: History of steam engines and James Watt

history of steam engines and james watt
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1698        Thomas Savery patent
1712        Thomas Newcomen patent
1736        Watt born
1755        Watt trained in London
1763        Watt discovers the problem with Newcomen engine
1765        Watt discovers external condenser
1769        Roebuck and Watt patent the engine
1774        Boulton acquires Roebuck’s patent rights. Watt moves to Birmingham
1776        The first Boulton and Watt engine is commercially applied
1781-2    Patents for sun and planet gears, and the double-acting engine
1800       Engine patent runs out. Watt retires at 64, healthy, happy, and famous
1819       James Watt died, age 83

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