Inventors of the Industrial Revolution By: Ryan Braster

Spinning Jenny

The Spinning Jenny was invented by James Hargreaves. This machine was supposed to weave cloth at an accelerated rate than what was normally possible. The large demand for cloth and yarn was now reacheable because of this.

Power Loom

In conjunction with the Spinning Jenny, this device created by Edmund Cartwright used water to power it to refine cotton into cloth. Now clothing could easily be made at home or sold elsewhere, expanding the economy to a much larger scale.

The Steam-Powered Pump and Rotary Engine

James Watt invented both the steam-powered pump and rotary engine which would become vital to the Industrial Revolution. The steam-powered pump was able to excavate coal 3 times faster than previous pumps, and the rotary engine was the basis of motor vehicles that would empower the Industrial Revolution worldwide, including the steam engine, automobile, and the airplane.

Steam Engine

Richard Trevithick, along with James Watt created the steam engine. This technology would be highly beneficial to everybody as it would become widely used for transporting goods and people across large areas. Soon, this technology would span across nations and connect continents together. Trade and travel would rapidly expand.

Light Bulb

Joseph Swan, in conjunction with Thomas Edison created the revolutionary, unthought device that is the light bulb. Torches would be replaced with these expensive devices until they became cheap to make and used by everybody. Night life and overtime hours would increase, as well as production.


Guglielmo Marconi officially announced his invention through the radio waves of the continental telegraph, spanning across the entire Atlantic Ocean. Now communication dramatically increased overseas and continents.


Alexander Graham Bell expanded upon the Telegraph by implementing voice in the telephone. Locally, everyone who had the money could talk across distances without leaving the comfort of their home. However, the telegraph would be more widely used because it was very expensive.

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