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Cornish Mining

Innovation and Inventors


Humphry Davy

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A Cornish Chemist

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Click to see a larger version of this imageRichard Trevithick statue copyright A Cocks at Cornwall Council


Richard Trevithick the Cornish Giant of Steam

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Thomas Newcomen was an ironmonger, but he made a significant contribution to the Industrial Revolution with his invention of the atmospheric steam engine.

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Boulton and Watt

James Watt (1736-1819) invented the separate condenser in 1769. 

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Comment left by johnwoodcraft on 2010-03-16 17:37:24

perhaps an early breatherliser would have been a better idea.

Comment left by Rob Rodger on 2010-05-07 15:51:01

It's amazing how some people's contributions really stand the test of time. It's a really simple concept in hindsight, but became the standard for over a century. Nowadays electronics are doing the job, but there is still a demand for safety fuse.


Comment left by interested person on 2010-10-20 19:37:34

Sorry, the information's great, but thee isn't a lot that I can find about hazardous working conditions, or the dangers of, for example, the fuses. Other than that it's a great site.


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