Invention That Shocked The World

The invention of the Steel Process

Bessemer Steel Process

Sir Henry Bessemer, (born Jan. 19, 1813, Charlton, Hertfordshire, Eng.—died March 15, 1898, London), inventor and engineer who developed the first process for manufacturing steel inexpensively (1856), leading to the development of the Bessemer converter.

The impact of the steel process

This steel process allowed the world to have a new way of producing all kinds of things. Buildings were now able to last longer and were less expensive to build. With a new method many new skills were developed and many people were employed in numerous fields of work. This newfound process had a massive impact on the British metal industry, which was the world’s major metal producing country at that time. If you look at any skyline in the world you will see the impact of steel. If you look at a town like Pittsburgh's history you can see how the process changed America as a whole. Towns became major cities with steel skyscrapers and steel fabrication companies giving jobs to thousands. The Bessemer steel process changed how the world produced from the smallest of household products to skyscrapers.

Bessemer's famous one-step process for producing cheap, high-quality steel made it possible for engineers to envision transcontinental railroads, sky-scraping office towers, bay-spanning bridges, unsinkable ships, and mass-produced horseless carriages.

Steel is one of the most used resources today