James Beaumont Neilson
name = James Beaumont Neilson
caption = James Beaumont Neilson
June 22, 1792
January 18, 1865
nationality = Scottish
James Beaumont Neilson (
June 22, 1792– January 18, 1865) is a Scottish inventorwhose hot-blast process greatly increased the efficiency of smelting iron. The son of an engineer, he was born in Shettlestonand worked his way up to a position as foreman of the GlasgowGasworks in 1817, a position he would hold for 40 years.
While trying to solve a problem with a
blast furnaceat Wilsontown Ironworks, Neilson realized that the force of the blast could be increased by passing hot air, rather than cold air, through the red-hot vessel. This reduced the amount of coal required to make iron, and greatly increased production efficiency to meet the demands of the railway and shipbuildingindustries.
Neilson conducted experiments to prove this theory, and
patented his hot-blast process in 1828. After resolving some early teething troubles by 1834, the process became used widely, though Neilson had to frequently go to the courts to defend his patent and be able to license his invention.
His defence of his invention was successful, and he became rich. He died on his estate at Queenshill, near
Kirkcudbright. His son, Walter Montgomerie Neilson, erected a monument to his memory there in 1883.
William Neilson, James's brother, founded the Glasgow locomotive manufacturer
Neilson and Company, in 1836. James's son Walter took over the running of the firm in 1843. [cite web
title=Records of Neilson, Reid & Co, locomotive builders, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
publisher=Glasgow University Archives]
* [http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/mlemen/mlemen070.htm James Beaumont Neilson] from "Memoirs and portraits of one hundred Glasgow men" (1886)
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