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James Watt (1736-1819): Culture, Innovation and Enlightenment

Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick


James Watt (1736-1819) was a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution. His career as a scientific instrument maker, inventor and engineer developed in Scotland, the land of birth. His prominence as a scientist, technologist and businessman was forged in the Birmingham area. His pumping and rotative steam engines represent the summit of technological achievement in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries which led to future developments in locomotive and steamship design and mechanical engineering such as the steam hammer. This is the traditional picture of James ... More

Keywords: James Watt, culture, innovation, Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Calvinism, historiography, Birmingham, Glasgow, archives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620818
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Archer-Parré, editor

Malcolm Dick, editor