William Murdoch managed Boulton and Watt's Soho Foundry, as well as devising his own innovations. This portrait was painted by Graham Gilbert.
Image: Ken Chan

William Murdoch

William Murdoch (1754-1839) was a versatile engineer and inventor. However, he worked for James Watt for much of his career and Watt took the credit for many of Murdoch's inventions.

Murdoch was born in 1754 in Ayrshire, Scotland. He gained many practical skills working with his father, who built and repaired mills and large machines. In August 1777 he walked 250 miles to industrial Birmingham, hoping to find a job there.

What happened to Murdoch in Birmingham?