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On January 19, 1813, English engineer, inventor, and businessman Sir Henry Bessemer was born. Bessemer’s name is chiefly known in connection with the Bessemer process, the first process for manufacturing steel inexpensively

Manufacturing Bessemer steel. Henry Bessemer's Converter. ''A fountain of sparks arose, gorgeous as ten thousand rockets, and fell with a beautiful curve, like the petals of some enormous flower…. Down came the vessel, until out of it streamed the smooth flow of terribly beautiful molten metal.''

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Sir Henry Bessemer (19 January 1813 – 15 March 1898) was an English inventor, whose steelmaking process would become the most important technique for making steel in the nineteenth century. He also established the town of Sheffield as a major industrial centre.


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Charlton House, Hitchin, Hertfordshire / The celebrated engineer and inventor Sir Henry Bessemer was born here 200 years ago. His steam-powered machines enabled cheaper steel production, which was crucial in driving Britain’s industry during Victorian times. The property is now a seven-bedroom home, on the market for the first time in 32 years. Perfect for bright sparks – or buyers looking for a quick commute into London.