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Transcript of James Watt
In the Beginning...
-> Agnes Mulrhead gave birth to James Watt on January 19, 1736 in Greenock, England.
-> James departed from us on August 19, 1819 at age 83 in Heathfield, United Kingdom.
-> He was a British Native.
-> Watts was the eldest surviving child of eight, Five died in infancy.
-> He suffered from terrible Migraines and toothaches when he was younger.
-> Margaret Miller Watts first wife who was also his cousin died while giving birth. He later married Agnes Muirhead.
->At an early age Watt helped his father build ships, but in 1755, he left to study the craft of instruments making in London.
->By the time he was 21 he set off to Glasgow and attended the university there.
-> He met a man named Joseph Black. Their friendship is probably what led him to the Steam Engine.
Who is James Watt?
James Watt Was an inventor/engineer. He studied Physics and Thermodynamics (Natural Science). James invented many things and tinkered on many people's creations. He was mainly noticed for his work and improvement on the Steam Engine. Watt's impact on the Industrial Revolution was tremendous.
-> A Steam Engine is an engine that uses the expansion or rapid condensation of steam to generate power.
-> In 1710 Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729) developed a steam engine. The university had a model of the Newcomen engine that needed repair.
-> Watts noticed that the engine caused steam to be wasted.
->Between 1781 and 1788 Watt modified and further improved his engine. The most important modification was the use of a double-acting piston. He developed a "sun-and-planet" or rotary gear that replaced the back-and-forth motion of his engine. Two years later Watt invented an automatic pressure gauge.
The Steam Engine
->Photocopier-A machine for making photocopies.
->Horsepower- A unit of power equal to 550 foot- piunds per second (745.7 watts)
->SI unit of power the watt was named in his honor.
->Watt retired in 1800.
->He received an honorary doctorate degree from Glasgow University and was elected to the Royal Society.
-> Along with Matthew Boulton, Watt founded the firm of Boulton and Watt, He was later buried next to him.
"A lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on."
Thank You For Listening !
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