James Watt


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James Watt


Occupation
James Watt was an engineer at Glasgow University
Engineer – A person who designs machines, buildings, and man-made objects, to make them safe from causing loss of life, or destruction of the object.
Birth
James Watt was born on January 19, 1736
Death
James Watt died on August 25, 1819
Place of Birth
James Watt was born in Greenock, United Kingdom

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Greenock, UK


Known for:
James Watt redesigned the Nemcomen steam pump and came up with the unit of power, horsepower.
Science Explained
James Watt improved on the steam pump, by adding a separate cooling chamber, making the Nemcomen steam pump, the steam engine. When he did that, James Watt helped the steam pump more reliable. The watt engine helped start the industrial revolution. James Watt came up with the unit of power, the horsepower.
Career
James Watt worked at Glasgow University repairing mathematical instruments as a job.
Did You Know?
1776-Watt builds his first commercial steam engine
1780-Takes out a patent on his letter-copying process
1781-Takes out a patent on his improvement to the steam engine
1782-Creates a new unit of measurement-the horsepower
1783-Builds the first rotative engine
1785-Elected to the Royal Society

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