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Thomas Newcomen(1663) Essay
Engineering and Construction
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Student’s Name Name and Number of the Course Teacher’s Name Date THOMAS NEWCOMEN Introduction: The Early Life of Thomas Newcomen Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729), the Englishman associated with the invention of the steam engine was born in Dartmouth, England into an aristocratic family whose wealthy status had declined.
However, he apprenticed as a hardware dealer and blacksmith also termed as ironmonger (Kras 22). He then entered into business in Dartmouth in 1685 as a blacksmith with a partner John Calley, a fellow Baptist. He married only in 1705 at the age of forty-two years, after which he frequently hosted meetings at his home for dedicated Baptists. At the same time, he took great interest in the mining industry and the problem of the mines flooding frequently (Baker 278). Thesis Statement: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the life of Thomas Newcomen and examine his contributions to society as an inventor of the steam engine. Newcomen’s Invention of the Steam Engine “In Dartmouth, Newcomen had ample opportunity to learn about the technology of mining, frequently visiting the mines at Cornwall and Devon” (Baker 278) of the rapidly growing coal mining industry; he also visited tin mines. From the miners he came to know that there was a requirement for a machine to remove water from the deep mines. Some of the mine shafts extending under the sea got filled with water seepage and had to be pumped out. The miners did not have access to large streams that could be used for powering water wheels, and draft animals were not strong enough to pull the water up from the great depths (Kras 22). ...
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