This man invented the copy machine (and some other interesting stuff) (1736)


 
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Friday, 19 January 2018


1736 -

On the 19th of January in 1736, an inventor was born in Greenock, Scotland. James Watt, the son of James Watt and Agnes Muirhead, would turn out to be the creator of a new power-era.



Younger years
In his youth, Watt had more interest in playing in his father’s store, which his father ran from their backyard, than learning his ABC’s. Therefore, his father gave him his own tools, with the idea that Watt could take over his business when he became older. Watt enjoyed crafting things from wood and metal and was always busy with deconstructing and reassembling of his toys.

Steam engine
At the age of 20, Watt starts working as a mathematical instrument maker for the Glasgow University. In 1763, the university asked Watt to repair one of their Newcomen steam engines. With no experience of working on steam engines, Watt realized that they worked very inefficient. After years of experimenting, he created an engine that used just one third of the coal needed by the Newcomen model. For his invention, he developed the “horsepower” measurement and therefore the unit for power, called Watt, obviously named after him.



360 trivial fact
To improve the steam engines, Watt had to learn both the French and Italian language, because this was the only literature available for steam engines. Not only did this extra vocabulary helped him invent better steam engines, it also helped him invent the copy machine.

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