Industrial revolution

Inventors of the Industrial Revolution

  • Abraham Darby

    Abraham Darby
    Coke Smelting and advanced the mass production of Brass & Iron goods -- Coke smelting replaced charcoal with coal in metal foundaries during the process of retiring metals.
  • Thomas Newcomen

    Thomas Newcomen
    Atmospheric Steam Engine -- Built an engine with John Calley that improved Thomas Savery's versoin of the engine.
  • Charles Townshend

    Four Field Crop Rotation -- Growing something different every year for a cycle of four years.
  • John Kay

    John Kay
    Flying Shuttle -- An improvement to looms that enabled wevers to weave faster.
  • James Hargreaves

    James Hargreaves
    Spinning Jenny -- A hand-powered multiple spinning machine that was the first machine to improve from the spinning wheel.
  • Richard Arkwright

    Richard Arkwright
    Spinning Frame -- It produced stronger threads for yarns. The first models were powered by water wheels so the device was first known as the water frame. It was the first powered, automatic, and continuous textile machine and began the move away from small home manufacturing towards factory production.
  • James Watt

    James Watt
    Modern Steam Engine -- He improved Newcomen's steam engine model by making a new boiler.
  • Samuel Crompton

    Samuel Crompton
    Spining Mule -- It gave the spinner great control over the weaving process, many different types of yarn could be produced.
  • Edward Cartwright

    Edward Cartwright
    Power Loom -- The power loom was a steam-powered mechanically operated version of a regular loom, an invention that combined threads to make cloth.
  • Eli Whitney

    Eli Whitney
    The Cotton Gin -- A machine that automated the separation of cottonseed from the short-staple cotton fiber.
  • Henry Bessemer

    Henry Bessemer
    First process for mass-producing steel inexpensively -- Modern steel is made using technology based on Bessemer's process. The "Bessemer Process" for mass-producing steel was named after Bessemer.