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31/07/1803 Inventor John Ericsson is born

Ericsson was a Swedish-American inventor, active in England and the United States, and regarded as one of the most influential mechanical engineers ever. Ericsson collaborated on the design of the steam locomotive Novelty, which competed in the Rainhill Trials on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, won by George Stephenson's Rocket.


  • Essentials 

  • Personal 

  • Early career 

  • Propeller design 

  • Friendship with Cornelius H. DeLamater 

  • Hot air engine 

  • USS ''Monitor'' 

  • Later designs 

  • Death and ensuing controversy 

  • Inventions 

  • Fellowships 

  • Monuments and memorials 

  • In popular culture