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NEWCOMEN, Thomas

In 1712, Newcomen's engine began pumping water from a coal mine in Dudley, West Midlands, allowing the extraction of previously inaccessible coal. Once it became operational in September 1712, the design was quickly embraced by other mines. Newcomen's steam engine has been credited as being a key player in igniting the Industrial Revolution. By the time of his death, Newcomen and others had instal…