The steam engine was not so much invented as developed.. The steam engine was developed over a period of about a hundred years by three British inventors. The first crude steam powered machine was built by Thomas Savery, of England, in 1698. Savery built his machine to help pump water out of coal mines.
With this, the potential power of steam was discovered, leading to the invention of a full fledged steam engine . Steam-powered electrical power plants in the .
One of the first steam engines was invented by Thomas Savery in 1698. It wasn't very useful, but other inventors made improvements over time. The first useful steam engine was invented by Thomas Newcomen in 1712. The Newcomen engine was used to pump water out of mines.
Before the invention of the gasoline-powered engine, mechanical transportation was fueled by steam. In fact, the concept of a steam engine pre-dates modern .
This brief history discusses how condensation was used to create vacuum for operation of early steam-based pumps, and how James Watt invented the .