| Share

Richard Roberts

Born: 4/22/1789
Birthplace: Carreghova, Montgomeryshire, Wales

A mechanical genius, Roberts is best known for having improved upon or invented several machine tools, including one of the first metal planing machines. He founded his own firm in 1816, and turned out railway locomotives and a spinning mule. He introduced interchangeable parts, improvements to the lathe, and automated processes for punching holes in metals. Though talented mechanically, he lacked business sense and failed to reap material rewards for his inventions, dying in poverty.

Died: 3/16/1864

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

More on Richard Roberts from Infoplease:

  • N - R - N - R Ralph Nader Jacques Necker Arthur Negus Walter Loomis Newberry John Newbery Montagu Collet, ...
  • Selected Biographies: R - Selected biographies of well-known people and fictional characters

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring