Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

James Watt Workshop

James Watt's attic workshop from his home at Heathfield is recreated at the Science Museum, London

James WattJames Watt (1736-1819), engineer who transformed the steam engine and made it viable for widespread commercial applications

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Biographies and Related Papers

Life of James Watt F Arago, Edinburgh, 1839
Origins and Progress of the Mechanical Inventions of James Watt J P Muirhead, 1854
James Watt G Williamson, printed for the Watt Club, 1856
The Life of James Watt J P Muirhead, London, 1859
Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles, various editions, 1861-1905
James Watt and the application of science to the mechanical arts A Barr; an inaugural address delivered in the University of Glasgow, November 11th, 1889
James Watt: An oration by Lord Kelvin delivered in the University of Glasgow on the commemoration of its Ninth Jubilee, Glasgow, 1901
James Watt W Jacks, Glasgow, 1901
James Watt 1736-1819 Sir F J Bramwell, reprinted from Dict Nat Biography, 1903
James Watt Andrew Carnegie, New York, 1905
James Watt, Craftsman and Engineer H W Dickinson, Cambridge, 1933
James Watt and the Steam Engine H W DIckinson, 1935
James Watt and the History of Steam Power I B Hart, New York, 1949
James Watt L T C Rolt, London, 1962
James Watt and the Steam Engine H W Dickinson and Rhys Jenkins, Ashbourne, 1981
The Selected Papers of Boulton and Watt Jennifer Tann (ed), London, 1981
James Watt Rev Dr Richard L Hills, Ashbourne, 3 vols. 2002
Lunar Men: the Friends who made the Future, 1730-1810 Jenny Uglow, London, 2002
The Most Powerful Idea in the World William Rosen, London, 2010
Papers relating to the families of Muirhead and Watt University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen 1354, 16th to 19th c
Records, publications, photographs and artefacts relating to James Watt: Heriot-Watt University Archives GB 582 HWUA JW
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry (full text available to subscribers and UK library members)

Tribute in Westminster Abbey

"Not to perpetuate a name which must endure while the peaceful arts flourish, but to shew that mankind have learned to know those who best deserve their gratitude. The King, His Ministers, and many of the Nobles and Commoners of the Realm raised this monument to JAMES WATT who, directing the force of an original Genius, early exercised in philosophic research, to the improvement of the Steam Engine, enlarged the resources of his Country, increased the power of Man, and rose to an eminent place among the most illustrious followers of science and the real benefactors of the World. Born at Greenock MDCCXXXVI Died at Heathfield in Staffordshire MDCCCXIX."

Epitaph by Lord Brougham to accompany the Statue by Francis Chantrey originally placed in Westminster Abbey and now in the National Museum of Scotland

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