Thomas Savery

Thomas SaveryThomas Savery was born in Devon in 1650. He was born in a family of prosperous merchants. After 1700 he is referred to as Captain Savery, but he was not a military man.

Savery's engineHe started his working career as a merchant, but received many losses in family and in income. Therefore the Admiralty commissioned him as a treasurer.

In 1698 he was granted a patent for raising water by the impellant force of fire. Obviously his job as treasurer left hem plenty of time for other activities. He actually build a working model of this engine, but his main goal was draining the mines, and his engine was not capable of that.

The techniques he used were clearly feasible for that time. In 1701 he published a book about the final design of the engine. Many parts of this engine are used by his successors Newcomen and Watt. It is very obvious Savery and Newcomen knew each other and exchanged knowledge.

For the first time in history he started a real factory, in London, to produce this engines, but without much success.

He died in 1715.

Thomas Savery was of great importance for the development of the steamengine.