He was a trained papermaker and in 1806 assisted Henry Fourdrinier (1766-1854) to perfect his paper machine . Together with Richard Bacon, he patented one of the first rotary printing presses in 1813. Although the machine was unsuccessful, the ink roller he invented became the industry standard. He also improved on François Nicolas Appert's invention of preserving food with sealed cans instead of jars and opened a canning industry in 1812. He received a gold medal from the Society of Arts for inventing a counting machine and a tachometer.
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|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||English engineer and inventor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 22, 1768|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sandhoe , Northumberland|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 27, 1855|
|Place of death||London|