Horace-Bénédict de Saussure

Horace-Bénédict de Saussure was born 17 February 1740, in Conches, near Geneva (today in Switzerland but then an independent republic), and died in Geneva 22 January 1799. Continue reading

Alpine Mountaineer Pioneered Ascents in the Swiss Alps

Alpine mountaineer, Horace-Benedict de Saussure made a series of pioneering ascents in the Swiss Alps beginning in 1760. Continue reading

James Watt

James Watt FRS FRSE (30 January 1736 (19 January 1736 OS) – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1781, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world. Continue reading

Steam engine still in working order

Smethwick Engine, built in 1779, is a steam engine still in working order. Continue reading