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About James Watt
He was a Scottish engineer, inventor and chemist, who is noted to have refined the 1712 atmospheric engine of English inventor, Thomas Newcomen which was popularly known as "Newcomen steam engine".
James Watt’s interest for steam engine technologies was birthed while he was working at the University of Glasgow as an instrument maker.
He is credited for having evolved the notion of the SI unit of power, horsepower, and watt, which was apparently named after him.
Some of his influences include; Adam Smith, Joseph Black, Thomas Newcomen, John Roebuck, James Keir, and more.
His father was James Watt, who was a ship-owner. His mother was Agnes Muirhead. He is noted to have a brother named John Watt. He was married to Margaret Miller between 1764, who soon died in 1773.
He got married to Anne McGrigor in 1776, and they both stayed married until his death in 1819. His children include; James, Margaret, Janet, and Gregory Watt.
He was installed into the "Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame" in 2011.
He was selected as a member of the "Batavian Society for Experimental Philosophy" in 1787.
He was an atheist.
His first wife, Margaret Miller was his cousin.
He received a honorary doctorate degree from University of Glasgow in 1806.
James Watt Rank
James Watt's Popularity
James Watt was a famous Scottish engineer, who was born on January 19, 1736. As a person born on this date, James Watt is listed in our database as the 70th most popular celebrity for the day (January 19).
People born on January 19 fall under the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, the Sea Goat. James Watt is the 1974th most popular Capricorn.
Aside from information specific to James Watt's birthday, James Watt is the 193rd most famous Scottish.
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