A view of James Watt's workshop, early 19th century.

 
A view of James Watt's workshop, early 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

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James Watt (1736-1819) was a Scottish engineer and instrument maker who invented the modern steam engine which became the main source of power in the textile mills in Britain. His engine had a separate condenser through which steam from the cylinder was pased and cooled, allowing the engine to be kept hot. This reduced fuel consumption, saving time. The SI (international standard) unit of power, the watt (W), is named after him.

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