Newcomen: 300 years of Steam Engineering


To mark the 300th anniversary of the invention in 1712 of the Newcomen Engine – the first practical working steam engine - The Engineering Club will be hosting a lecture by Professor David Perrett, Immediate Past President of the Newcomen Society, on its impact of on engineering. The Society is named after Thomas Newcomen whose invention enabled the drainage of deep-level mines, thus leading to the great industrial and technological achievements of the modern age.

David Perrett is Professor of BioAnalytical Science, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts & the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist. He lectures widely on Industrial Archeology. Newcomen was founded in 1920 by a number of senior engineers in industry, curators from London's Science Museum and members of the Patent Office. It is the oldest society in the world devoted the history of engineering and technology