James Watt was a great Scottish engineer of the 18th century. He was born in Greenock, England on 19 January 1736. Watt did not actually invent the steam engine. Instead he improved it. Thomas Savery invented the first primitive steam engine in 1698. Then Newcomen started making steam engines to pump water from mines in 1712. Watt identified that heating and cooling of the engine’s cylinder during every stroke, was wasting of fuel and time. By 1780 the Industrial Revolution was beginning to transform life in Britain and Watt adapted his steam engine to provide a rotary motion so it could be used to power machines in the factories.
Exploration. Watt was an explorer, however he didn’t open new worlds, countries or nations, but the results were as overwhelming, as if he found new continent. Watt was exploring new abilities of the already existing technologies, for example, Newcomen’s engine, due to Watt’s discoveries whole life of people of those days has changed, it was a paradigm shift, but they didn’t accept his innovations, people didn’t want to change, they wanted to continue living as they were living. «James Watt helped take us from the farm to the factory and into the modern world.»