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- Biography of the inventor of the industrial cotton spinning mill. Links to illustrations and local history. 1732-1792.
- Biography of Thomas Highs whose inventions of the spinning jenny, water powered spinning frame and spinning mule were never recognised as such, but instead were credited to James Hargreaves, Richard Arkwright and Samuel Crompton. From Cotton Times.
- Short history of the inventor of a loom which produced repeated weave patterns in cloth and carpets, programmed by a series of punched cards. 1752-1834.
- Short history of the inventor of a hand driven carding machine for cotton fiber processing.
Robert Owen and New Lanark
- Learning modules with a biography of the philanthropic employer who strongly emphasised the importance of environment, education and, ultimately, cooperation in improving social conditions. Born in 1771 and died in 1858, yarn spinner and spinning machine builder, bought and developed one of the largest water powered cotton textile mills of the period, New Lanark near the Falls of Clyde. From the Open University's Learning Space web site.
- Biography of the engineer who perfected the spinning mule into a highly sophisticated piece of textile machinery, capable of being operated by unskilled workers and unlocked the true potential of the factory system. 1789-1864.
Samuel Slater: Hero or Traitor?
- Web site of a movie about the life of Samual Slater and his times, including a biography, detailed timeline, profiles of cast and crew, and links to historical sites.
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