Richard Trevithick's life and inventions
If James Watt was a rather pessimistic, stern figure, Richard Trevithick was his complete opposite. He was a powerfully built and extrovert individual.
Trevithick was born in 1771 and brought up in Cornwall. Independently minded, he was not a good student. A school report says that he was 'a disobedient, slow, obstinate, spoiled boy, frequently absent and very inattentive'.
How did Trevithick move on from his schoolwork?