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James Watt

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Definition: Scottish engineer who improved on existing ideas and made a workable steam engine in the last half of the 18th Century. Watt didn't invent the steam engine, but his additions created one that was very practical and that made possible the great leap technological leap forward that was the Industrial Revolution.

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The Industrial Revolution
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