James Watt

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James Watt's prototype steam engine 'Old Bess' c1778. In this engine,... News PhotoHorizontal,Human Interest,Industrial Revolution,Innovation,James WattPhotographer Collection: Universal Images Group UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: James Watt's (1736-1819) prototype steam engine 'Old Bess' c1778. In this engine, which was erected at the Soho works, Birmingham, England, in 1777-1778, reciprocating motion was turned into rotary motion by a sun-and-planet gear train. From Lives of Boulton and Watt, Samuel Smiles, (London, 1861). Engraving. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)