The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Henry Cort

Born-Died: 1740 - 1800 

Location: England 

Site/Company: N/A 

Historical Significance:

Henry Cort discovered the puddling process for making wrought iron.  The puddling process converted pig iron into wrought iron by subjecting it to heat and stirring it in a furnace, without using charcoal.  It was the first method that allowed quality wrought iron to be produced on a large scale.  Cort’s invention had tremendous impact on the iron industry and helped significantly increase England’s production.

Illustration c1780s

Iron and Steel Hall of Fame Induction - 2018  

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