What's New: February 2022

February 2, 2022

This update adds the data of wealth at death information for 115 inventors from the industrial revolution period, all of whom have articles in ODNB. In and of itself, the newly-added data represents only a marginal change – but it serves to illustrate how ODNB helps to inform major historiographical debates: in this instance, how we might account for the origins of the industrial revolution and with it the emergence of modern economic growth.

An introduction by Sean Bottomley examines how this sheds light on whether invention was remunerative during the industrial revolution. Read the summary of new content here.