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James Nasmyth, (1808-1890) Scottish engineer.

James Nasmyth, (1808-1890) Scottish engineer.

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James Nasmyth, (1808-1890) Scottish engineer. Nasmyth was known principally for his invention of the steam hammer, which allowed large scale forging of metal. It was patented in 1842. He retired at 48 to devote himself to astronomy.

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