[In the beginning...] [1600-1699] [1700-1799] [1800-1899] [1900-1999]

1675: A Jesuit priest living in China reportedly develops a vehicle that is propelled by a form of steam turbine.

1660: Sir Isaac Newton proposes that a jet of steam could be used to power a carriage, an idea now considered to be a precursor to development of the jet engine.

1690: Denis Papin describes an apparatus in which the condensation of steam in a cylinder creates a vacuum. His simple steam engine is called the Papin Cylinder.

1698: Denis Papin develops the first piston that is moved by the pressure of steam rather than atmospheric pressure.

1698: Thomas Savery patents "the Miner's Friend," a machine that pumps water from coal mines. It becomes the first practical machine powered by steam. He later publishes a description of his steam engine in 1702. In 1707, Denis Papin modifies Savery's high-pressure steam pump.

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