The Industrial Revoloution

Events

Thomas Newcomen

1712

Invented the first productive steam engine

John Lombe

1719

Starts his silk factory

James Kay

1733

Invented the Flying Shuttle, a simple weaving machine.

James Hargreaves

1764

Invented the Spinning Jenny, which allowed one worker to spin eight spindles

James Watt

1769

Patented his revision of the steam engine, featuring a separate condenser.

Richard Arkwright

1769

Invented the water frame, which hooked up spinning machines to a water wheel.

Samuel Crompton

1774

Invented the spinning mule which combined spinning and weaving into one machine.

James Watt

1781

Adapts his steam engine from a reciprocal to a rotary motion.

Edmund Cartwright develops the power loom

1785

Invented the power loom, which, after 1800 was powered by new steam engines. Replaced the flying shuttle.

Henry Cort

1785

Invented highly successful iron refining techniques.