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Birthplace of James Watt
Greenock, Inverclyde
associated engineer
James Watt
date  1736
era  Georgian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  NS315745
James Watt (1736-1819), inventor and engineer, was born here on 19 January 1736.
Watt trained first as an instrument maker. He noted that the Newcomen steam engine wasted energy and designed an improved model in which the steam is condensed in a separate compartment of the mechanism. The "New Invented Method of Lessening the Consumption of Steam and Fuel in Fire Engines" was patented in 1769; a milestone in the early progress of the Industrial Revolution.
Watt moved to Birmingham in 1774 to work more closely with the manufacturer, Matthew Boulton, who financed much of his later work.
reference sources   LG/SJ

Birthplace of James Watt