James Nasmyth (1808-1890)
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James Nasmyth was born in Edinburgh in 1808. James's father was interested in architecture and civil engineering, so, he shared the same interests with his son. He started to work in his father's workshop when he was 17. He was also Henry's Maudslay's assistant when he was 20. Meanwhile, he set up his business independently. James's chief invention was a steam hammer, which harnessed steam power to shape metal, it's being produced in 1837. It is a very popular machine and a great invention at that time.