The University of Glasgow - which employed inventor James Watt - has unveiled "ambitious plans" for a major investment in a new Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus. A site at Govan - on the south side of Glasgow - will host an enhanced James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) and a Precision Medicine Living Laboratory. The University … Continue reading Watt university unveils high-tech plans
Papers highlight genius of James Watt
Local weekly newspapers across Scotland - including The Falkirk Herald - have highlighted the genius of James Watt. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Watt's death and the 250th anniversary of the granting of Watt's patent to improve the steam engine. Newspapers published by JPI Media in Scotland have run a two-page feature about … Continue reading Papers highlight genius of James Watt
Watt a lot to remember!
Interesting Engineering has highlighted key names from the Industrial Revolution - including James Watt. Read the article here. The publication says: "Beginning in England in the 1760, the Industrial Revolution changed the world, creating capitalism, socialism, cities and pollution along the way."
Discover new book on inventor James Watt
A new book on the life of inventor James Watt is being published this spring. "The Power to change the world: James Watt (1736-1819) A Life in 50 Objects", edited by Malcolm Dick and Kate Croft, is out on May 10. Publishers History West Midlands say the book charts a "fascinating, complicated and iconic figure". You … Continue reading Discover new book on inventor James Watt
Booklet highlights Watt events around Birmingham in 2019
Special events are taking place around Birmingham in 2019 to celebrate the life of James Watt. Download a brochure here (PDF, 3MB). The 18th-century Scottish inventor moved to the English Midlands at the age of 38 to work with industrialist Matthew Boulton. Watt died on August 19, 1819, at his home “Heathfield” in the Handsworth area … Continue reading Booklet highlights Watt events around Birmingham in 2019
Visit the House that welcomed James Watt
Historic Kinneil House in Bo'ness - which boasts a James Watt workshop in its grounds - is hosting a free open event this Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Friends of Kinneil charity has teamed up with Historic Environment Scotland to run free tours inside the mansion, which dates back to the 16th century and boasts … Continue reading Visit the House that welcomed James Watt
Have a gas about Watt’s medical work
James Watt is well-known for his development of the steam engine ... But did you know that he also worked on a medical device to deliver laughing gas? The connection features in an article on the "Ancient Origins" website. It says that Watt worked with English physician Thomas Beddoes on an apparatus to help him to … Continue reading Have a gas about Watt’s medical work
Now a STEAM-powered spaceship
What would steam pioneer James Watt make of this? US Scientists have reportedly created and tested a "steam-powered spacecraft". The website Interesting Engineering says the NASA-backed project involves a small vehicle designed "to extract water from asteroids or other space rocks". Apparently, it uses this water to generate steam to propel the craft to its next destination. … Continue reading Now a STEAM-powered spaceship
Follow the footsteps of Watt in Glasgow
Glasgow - a key part of the life of James Watt - has been profiled by HeraldNet - the website of The Daily Herald in Washington in the United States. The article notes the Watt statue in George Square (pictured above) and says the city is "Scotland’s most underrated destination". It says: "This once-run-down city … Continue reading Follow the footsteps of Watt in Glasgow
Explore Watt’s work in the West Country
James Watt and his Birmingham business partner Matthew Boulton had a strong association with mining in Cornwall. Watt personally supervised the installation of an engine at Wheal Busy, by the village Chacewater (about five miles from Truro). By 1790 it is estimated that 45 Boulton and Watt engines were at work at mines across Cornwall. … Continue reading Explore Watt’s work in the West Country
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