Peter William Willans

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Peter William Willans
Birth and death
1851 - 1892
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Peter William Willans (1851-1892) engineer. Willans designed a high-speed steam engine that had all its working parts totally enclosed and splash-lubricated, which were the finest and most efficient steam reciprocating engines that the world had seen. In 1880, he went into partnership with Mark Robinson and founded the Ferry Works, Thames Ditton. The rise of the electricity industry created a new market for his engines, which coupled with the new dynamo electric machines, proved well suited to driving dynamos. By the time of his death his engines generated over half the country's electricity.

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