Birmingham entrepreneur 'was a born promoter'

A former Astronomer Royal has described a Birmingham entrepreneur as a 'born promoter'.

Matthew Boulton, who was born in 1728 and died in 1809, is to be honoured in Westminster Abbey with a memorial.

He is best known for producing top of the range steam engines in the eighteenth century.

Boulton was a born promoter and has lessons for us today - it is not only scientists and engineers who are important in introducing new technology, but men such as Boulton too.

– Sir Arnold Wolfendale, Former Astronomer Royal

The Dean of Westminster made the decision to honour Boulton at Westminster Abbey alongside those of more than 300 other people who were not buried there. His name will be memorialised there.

We are delighted that Matthew Boulton's major contribution to British and world history will finally be recognised with this new memorial.

– Dr John Hall, Westminster dean

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B'ham entrepreneur honoured

Matthew Boulton – the 18th century entrepreneur who helped lay the foundations for Britain's Industrial Revolution – is to be honoured with a memorial in Westminster Abbey.