James Watt (1736-1819) was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist who is most widely recognised for his significant improvements to the efficiency of the steam engine. These developments significantly improved the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the engines which are fundamentally important for powering the Industrial Revolution in Britain and overseas in partnership with Matthew Boulton at Soho in Birmingham.
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