Oliver Evans
Oliver Evans (September 13, 1755 – April 15, 1819) was an American inventor, engineer and businessman. A pioneer in the fields automation, materials handling and steam power; Evans was one of the most prolific and influential inventors in the early years of the United States who left behind a long series of accomplishments, from designing the first fully automated industrial process, to building the first high-pressure steam engine and first (albeit crude) automobile in America.
Born in Newport, Delaware to a family of Welsh farmers, Evans received little formal education and in his mid-teens was apprenticed to a wheelwright. An autodidact, Evans' early career was driven by finding efficiencies, and his first invention was a machine for making teeth for wool cards. Going into business with his brothers, he then worked for over a decade designing, building and perfecting an automated mill. In doing so Evans designed a continuous process of manufacturing that did not require human labor, a novel concept that would prove critical to the industrial revolution and the development of mass production.
Later in life Evans turned his attention to steam power, and built the first high-pressure steam engine in the United States in 1801, developing his design independently of Richard Trevithick, who had built the first in the world just over a year earlier. Evans was a driving force in the development and adoption of high-pressure steam engines in the United States, particularly in manufacturing and steamboats, and his workshops in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh became leading suppliers. Evans had dreamed of building a steam-powered wagon as early as 1789, and would eventually construct and run one in 1805. Known as the Oruktor Amphibolos, it was the first automobile in the United States and the world's first amphibious vehicle, though it was too primitive and inefficient to be a success as either.
Evans was a visionary who produced designs and ideas far ahead of their time. He was the first to describe vapor-compression refrigeration and propose a design for the first refrigerator in 1805, but it would be three decades until his colleague Jacob Perkins would be able to construct a working example. Similarly he drew up designs for a solar boiler, machine gun, steam carriage gearshift, dough-kneading machine, perpetual baking oven, marine salvage process, quadruple-effect evaporator and scheme for urban gas lighting; ideas and designs which would not be made reality until some time after his death.
Evans had influential backers and political allies, but he lacked social graces and was disliked by many of his peers. Disappointed and then angry at the perceived lack of recognition for his contributions, Evans became combative and bitter in his later years, which damaged his reputation and left him isolated. Despite the importance of his work, his contributions were frequently overlooked or attributed to others after his death, and subsequently he never became a household name along with the other steam pioneers of his era.

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Oliver Evans Born Sep 13 1755 - Died May 13 1819. High Pressure Steam Engine Steam Engine Patent Number(s) {PATENT_NUMBER} Inducted 2001
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The paragraph below was taken from an article in the April 2013 National Geographic on Delaware’s National Park. I know it is focused on the Brandywine but it is too bad the paragraph does not mention his family’s mill or any other mill along The Red Clay Creek where he invented and installed his process.
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Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride came back to London last week, timeless, tender, profound and this time unexpectedly topical: the play coincided with protests for Putin's anti-gay russian laws. It's a rare modern play that I remember so many of its past productions: Although aware of the glowing word of mouth I missed the first…
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If you're like me, and, let's face it, you are, you've spent many an afternoon exploring abandoned cars, playing games of What's That Stain? and Is This Edible? But did you ever stop and wonder about the very first abandoned car? You should. Abandoned cars are as much a part of motoring's rich heritage as the GT40 or intermittent windshield wipers. Here's the story of the first abandoned car in history. I'm proud to say it's an American invention.
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