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How Henry Bessemer Helped Forge The Age Of Steel

While looking for a way to strengthen cannon barrels, Henry Bessemer, an engineer and metallurgist, discovered better ways of making steel.


On January 19, 1813, English engineer, inventor, and businessman Sir Henry Bessemer was born. Bessemer’s name is chiefly known in connection with the Bessemer process, the first process for manufacturing steel inexpensively


Henry Bessemer invented the process that would later lead to the steel producing companies of the industrial revolution. His reach was both positive and negative in that it impacted the workers and leaders in completely different realms.

Sir Henry Bessemer (19 January 1813 – 15 March 1898) was an English inventor, whose steelmaking process would become the most important technique for making steel in the nineteenth century. He also established the town of Sheffield as a major industrial centre.


I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right. —Sir Henry Bessemer


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