Advert for the Bisschop Gas Engine
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The development of the gas-powered engine was one of the 19th centuries most significant technological leaps. Birmingham industrialist James Watt had invented a gas engine as early as 1744, but as his experiments on steam engines had proved more successful his research into gas engines was suspended.
In the early 1800s a number of scientists took out patents for gas engines, among them Robert Street, Samuel Brown and WL Wright. All of them made important contributions to the development of an efficient model, but it was not until 1860 that a working commercial gas engine was produced.