“The greatest man who ever lived.”


James Watt is the Scottish engineer and inventor who changed the world. His improvements to the steam engine drove the Industrial Revolution. His success was so great that a unit of power was named a Watt in his honour.

The year 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of Watt’s death and the 250th anniversary of Watt’s patent (to use a separate condenser to drive a steam engine).

This website will reflect on his life and legacy, highlight areas to visit and show how Watt is still making the news centuries after his death.

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