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Thomas Newcomen

Thomas Newcomen (baptized February 24, 1664-August 5, 1729), blacksmith and inventor, born in Dartmouth, England.

In 1712 Newcomen, with his business partner Thomas Savery, built a steam engine for pumping water out of collieries. The Newcomen engine was used for about fifty years until the design was improved by James Watt.

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