What Did James Watt Do?


James Watt, the son of a merchant, was born in Greenock, Scotland, in 1736. He invented the first steam engine that cooled the used steam in a condenser separate from the main cylinder. He died a very wealthy man in 1819.
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James Watt
18th century inventor James Watt was a Scottish instrument maker whose improvements on the steam engine helped advance the Industrial Revolution. After an apprenticeship in England, Watt returned to Scotland in 1756 and began earning jobs from professors... More »
Born: January 19, 1736, Greenock, Scotland
Died: August 19, 1819
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