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  640 – Wind mills in Persia  
       
  1044 – Moveable type in China by Pi Chang    
       
  1180 – Fixed steering rudder in China (first control mechanism)    
       
  1298 – Belt driven spinning wheel    
       
  1315 – Automated devices by Al Jazari  
       
  1335 – Clocks in Europe and watches soon follow    
       
  1438– Wind turbine by Fontana    
       
  Early Industrial    
       
  1452-1519 – Mechanical inventions by Leonardo da Vinci  
       
  1454 – Moveable type by Johannes Gutenberg    
       
  1500 – Portable watch by Peter Heinlein    
       
  1569 – Screw cutting lathe by Jacques Besson    
       
  1581 – Pendulum principle by Galileo    
       
  1620 – Novum Organum by Francis Bacon sets out scientific method    
       
  1622 – Slide rule by William Oughtred    
       
  1642 – Calculating machine by Pascal  
       
  1650 – First air pump by Von Guericke    
       
  1680 – Internal combustion by Huygens    
       
  1698 – First steam engine by Thomas Saverys    
       
  1712 – Steam engine improved by Thomas Newcomen    
       
  1733 – Flying shuttle by John Kay    
       
  1746 – Leyden jar by Pieter van Musschenbrock    
     
     

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