Industrial Revolution Timeline

  • Richard Arkwright

    Richard Arkwright
    Richard Arkwright was an English inventor who led part of the industrial revolution. He was named "The father of the modern industrial factory system". He contributed the water frame to the revolution, which led others to start factories like his.
  • James Watt

    James Watt
    James Watt was the person who improved the original steam engine. He is important because the steam engine allowed for technological advancements to be made quicker with the amount of power available. The steam engine made factories with machines possible.
  • Thomas Malthus

    Thomas Malthus
    Thomas Malthus was an English cleric, scholar, and Influential economist. Malthus predicted that with the increase in a nations food would lead to higher population which leads to need for more food. He foreshadowed the great depression and the lead into it.
  • Robert Owen

    Robert Owen
    Robert Owen was a philanthropist and social reformer. He created a different form of education compared to the authoritarian version widely taught at the time. His ideas have formed our education system today and he left a large impact on the world.
  • George Stephenson

    George Stephenson
    George Stephenson was a large contributor of the transportation industry. He was one of the principal inventors of the steam engine locomotive and railroad system. It is important to the revolution as they were improving technology as well as creating a better transport for materials to make factories and people.
  • Cotton Gin

    Cotton Gin
    The Cotton gin was an invention to clean the seeds out of cotton. It was invented by Eli Whitney, he made it so that cotton production would be easier. The creation of this invention drastically increased slavery in the southern United States, which made a ton of profit for slave owners.
  • Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin was a large contributor to animal studies and biology as a whole. He fathered the idea of a common ancestor. His discovering's have led science to where we are today in evolutionary sciences.
  • Henry Bessemer

    Henry Bessemer
    Henry Bessemer was the man who revolutionized the steel industry. By trying to make steel cheaper and easier to make, he discovered a better way to make it more efficiently. His idea lead to many other improvements throughout the rest of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Karl Marx

    Karl Marx
    Karl Marx was the author of the communist manifesto. He had a large influence on political, social, and economic history. Marx was the big figure for Marxism, he lead many people with his idea of a perfect society.
  • Alfred Nobel

    Alfred Nobel
    Alfred Nobel was the person who created a semi-safe version of dynamite. His massive fortune from creating dynamite became the prize for the Nobel awards, It was approximately 1 Million dollars for earning the award.
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison
    Thomas Edison was an inventor and businessman. He is most known for the electric lightbulb. He also invented other things such as the Phonograph. He is important because his inventions paved the way to society today.
  • Guglielmo Marconi

    Guglielmo Marconi
    Guglielmo Marconi was an entrepreneur and an inventor, His most notable work being in the Radio. The wave-based radio was one of his most impressive creations. This invention led to many more discoveries and improvements on the original design. Marconi was an influential part of the industrial revolution.
  • Automobile

    The automobile is a vehicle that travels by land. It is powered by an engine nowadays but when it was first invented by Carl Benz, it was either cranked to make power or it was powered by coal or steam.
  • Airplane

    The airplane was first successful at the hands of the Wright brothers. An airplane is a mode of transportation that allows the vehicle to lift off the ground and fly. It was one of the most influential inventions of its time, leading us to where we are today with airlines traveling people across the world.
  • Assembly Line

    Assembly Line
    The assembly line was an invention that revolutionized the world. It allowed for goods to be mass produced and made things such as cars more affordable as they were easier to make. Henry Ford was the person who is most notable for using this system, as he made the automobile industry boom.