English inventorDied when: 66 years 162 days (797 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Thomas Newcomen (;February 1664 – 5 August 1729) was an English inventor who created the atmospheric engine, the first practical fuel-burning engine in 1712.
He was an ironmonger by trade and a Baptist lay preacher by calling.He was born in Dartmouth, in Devon, England, to a merchant family and baptised at St.
Saviour's Church on 28 February 1664.In those days flooding in coal and tin mines was a major problem.Newcomen was soon engaged in trying to improve ways to pump out the water from such mines.
His ironmonger's business specialised in designing, manufacturing and selling tools for the mining industry.