James Watt,1736, developed a steam engine that provided a huge impetus to the industrial revolution which started in England in late 18th century. Watt clearly one of the most influential people in human history. Watt's name and significance is recognised by the International System of Units which titles its unit of power the 'watt'.
Scottish Inventor James Watt, (born January 19, 1736, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland—died August 25, 1819, Heathfield Hall, near Birmingham, Warwick, England), Scottish instrument maker and inventor whose steam engine contributed substantially to the Industrial Revolution. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1785.
James Watt (1736-1819) his development of the steam engine was the springboard for the Industrial Revolution. Born in Greenock, Watt suffered from poor health and did not attend school regularly. Instead, he spent time in his father's workshop, learning engineering skills and making models. He trained as an instrument maker and in 1757 obtained a post at Glasgow University.