George Herman Babcock

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George Herman Babcock
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Born (1832-06-17)June 17, 1832
Unadilla Forks, New York
Died December 16, 1893(1893-12-16) (aged 61)
Occupation Engineer
Engineering career
Significant advance Co-inventor of an improved safety water tube boiler

George Herman Babcock (June 17, 1832 – December 16, 1893) was an American inventor. He and Stephen Wilcox co-invented a safer water tube steam boiler, and founded the Babcock & Wilcox boiler company.

Babcock's water tube steam boiler provided a safer and more efficient production of steam, and was built to work better under higher pressures than earlier boilers. In 1881 their company was incorporated, with Babcock as president and Wilcox as vice president.

In 1997, Babcock was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


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