James was born January 19, 1736 in Greenock, Renfrewshire. He attended Greenock Grammar School, and was great at engineering and Math. Sadly, his mother died when he was 18
James Watt wanted and instrument business after he studied instrument making for one year. Then a business was passed on to him by Alexander Macfarlane.
The Steam Engine
There is a story that James Watt's inspiration for the steam engine was watching a kettle boiling. This had shown the power of the steam to James. In 1776, the first steam engines were installed and working commercially.
James Watt also started to work on the copying machine. He started to develop this in 1779. This had been attempted but Watt was the first to get it going
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