Professor Colin McInnes of the University of Glasgow has talked about Watt’s “eureka moment”, when he came up with his idea to improve the steam engine.


The University had a long association with Watt. The engineer and inventor worked from 1756 to 1764 as a mathematical instrument maker to the University.

The academic institution has named its engineering building after Watt. Two engineering chairs and a prize are also named after Watt.


You can see the model Newcomen engine, which inspired Watt, in the Hunterian Museum within the University (pictured above). The Museum is open to the public.