From the list on industrial revolutionaries.
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In 1972, I enrolled in Professor Alfred D. Chandler's Business History course at Harvard Business School, exploring the business strategies and organization structures of U.S. businesses during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chandler impressed upon me the value of examining businesses' strategies and their outcomes. His lessons ignited my interest in the Industrial Revolution in Britain, the prequel to the American story. Combining a business background and proclivity for historical knowledge, I discovered that the period's successes depended on more than just production technology. Effective marketing, control systems, and logistics played key roles, while on a national scale, the scientific method and commercial competition were also crucial.
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Several Industrial Revolutionaries and their scientist friends in 1765 formed the Birmingham Lunar Society, which met monthly on the night of a full moon to discuss the latest scientific developments and their applications.
Uglow chiefly focuses on five members: Matthew Boulton (the Society’s central figure), James Watt (who joined Boulton in partnership in 1775), Erasmus Darwin (scientist, grandfather of Charles Darwin), Josiah Wedgwood, and Joseph Priestley (chemist).
Priestley did not move to Birmingham until 1780, so played no role in the Society’s early years, but later injected political radicalism into the Society.
Peripheral members of the society included Benjamin Franklin, Brindley, John Michell, the astronomer, and John “Iron-Mad” Wilkinson, who invented the cylinder boring machine that allowed Watt to develop superior steam engine technology.
The Lunar Society is important in three respects: as a hotbed of scientific discovery, as a clearing house for industrial advances and in its later years…
The Lunar Men
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In the 1760s a group of amateur experimenters met and made friends in the English Midlands. Most came from humble families, all lived far from the center of things, but they were young and their optimism was boundless: together they would change the world. Among them were the ambitious toymaker Matthew Boulton and his partner James Watt, of steam-engine fame; the potter Josiah Wedgwood; the larger-than-life Erasmus Darwin, physician, poet, inventor, and theorist of evolution (a forerunner of his grandson Charles). Later came Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen and fighting radical.
With a small band of allies they formed the…