James Watt, FRS, FRSE (1736–1819) 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. Watt has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history. He developed the concept of horsepower and the SI unit of power, the "watt," was named after him.
A watt beam engine. designed by james watt, it improved on the earlier newcome(?) steam engine and was widley adopted often used to pump water out of mines or into canals.( beginnings of industrial revolution 1750's) wiki page has lots of detail on this
The 19th January 1736 marks the birth of James Watt, mathematical instrument maker. Watt was born in Greenock, he developed the steam engine, invented the condensor and the copying machine. His condensor made steam power the driving force of the nineteenth century and he is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Industrial Revolution.
1712 - THOMAS NEWCOMEN - Thomas Newcomen was an English inventor who created the first practical steam engine for pumping water, the Newcomen steam engine. There are examples of Newcomen engines in the Science Museum (London) and the Ford Museum, Dearborn amongst other places.
King James II, circa 1686. Son of King Charles I and brother of Charles II, James ruled from 1685 to 1688 when he was forced to flee "the Glorious Revolution" that brought William & Mary to the English throne.
Cost Of Living — 1962. I was a sophomore in high school. Mama and Daddy always talked about the high cost of things. I didn't care. Now (2014) I see these numbers and am overwhelmed at how prices have increased.