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Californian Patrick Rue and Scotsman James Watt became the eighth and ninth individuals to earn the title of Master Cicerone®.

James Watt (19 January 1736 – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world.

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Inventors You Should Know: James Watt

The first modern steam engine was the invention of James Watt Learn about the early life of James Watt

JAMES WATT - Scotsman James Watt helped take us from the farm to the factory and into the modern world. Though a truly awful businessman, he was the ingenious engineering power behind the industrial revolution.


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Watt was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer, renowned for his improvements in steam engine technology. James Watt was born in Greenock on 18 January 1736. His father was a prosperous shipwright. Watt initially worked as a maker of mathematical instruments, but soon became interested in steam engines.