James Watt, born January 19, 1736, developed a steam engine that provided a huge impetus to the industrial revolution which occurred in the later 18th and early 19th centuries. His business partner Matthew Boulton stated in 1776: 'I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have - Power'. Watt has been cited as one of the most influential people in human history. Watt's name and significance is recognised by the International System of Units which titles its unit of power the 'watt'.
47 James Watt invented an efficient steam engine and, with his partner Matthew Boulton, constructed machines which still impress.
Époque victorienne — Machine à vapeur de Boulton et Watt. Dessin de 1784
Le bonheur en famille: Cartes inventions, James Watt et Benjamin Franklin...
James Watt (à droite), Martin Dickie (à gauche) de la brasserie BrewDog à Aberdeen. Pierrick Niewiadowski (au milieu) chroniqueur Happy Beer Time
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.