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John Fulton

John Fulton

In the year 1800, in the small village of Fenwick in Ayrshire, John Fulton was born. He followed his father in his trade as a cobbler. Fulton was typical of a breed of technical innovators whose imagination and skill drove forward the Industrial Revolution. Largely self-taught, he studied botany, learned several foreign languages and constructed a 'velocipede' or early bicycle. He also experimented with the production of coal gas. Astronomy held a particular fascination for him. He caught the attention of a wider public when he successfully assembled an orrery - a working model of the solar system.

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