Who Made the First Engine?

An Engine is a machine that produces motion. It changes energy, usually heat energy, into motion or movement so that work may be done. Men had tools for a long time before they had engines to power them.

First they had to depend or manpower or animal power to help them work their tools. Then they learned to harness the wind with sails and with windmills. When a windmill pumped water and ground grain, it was a kind of engine.

The energy of falling water did work by turning water wheels. But when men learned how to harness heat in engine, our whole civilization began to change. Actually, the first known use of the heat from fire the power an engine took place about 2,000 years ago .


A Greek Philosopher named hero made the first steam engine. However, it used too much fuel. In the eighteenth century, James Watt made and improved engine. He made valves that worked automatically, so that no one had to stand by and operate the valves which made the piston move up and down.

In 1803, Robert Fulton used Watt’s steam engine to drive a boat. In the 1820’s, George Stephenson built a steam engine in England. The steam engine was the first step toward solving the problem of weight.

The petrol engine, which was developed by Nicolas Otto of Germany in 1878, was the first step toward solving the problem of weight. This engine did not need a separate furnace, and was much lighter than a steam engine of the same horsepower.

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