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Watt Builds Steam Engine
In 1776 James Watt developed a steam engine. The Watt steam engine made the industrial revolution possible.
James Watt was a Scotish Inventor. Watt came from an educated family and had studied how to design and maintain instruments. He beagn to experiment with the use of steam to power machinery. Until Watt began his experiments the use of steam had largeley been relegated to steam pumps used in mines. Watt developed the design for an engine in which the steam condensed outside the main cylinder in a seperate condensor. He next developed a design to use low pressure steam to push a piston inside a closed cylinder, first in one direction and then in a second direction. All of this he patented in 1769. By the late 1770's Watt together with his partner and investor Mathew Boulton were selling steam engines that produced rotary action. Their steam engines were soon powering the factories of the Industrial Revolution.