Robert Owen

1771 (Newtown, Wales) – 1858 (Newtown)

In Manchester, Fulton lodged with Owen, and got him to back his proposed digging-machines; Owen also clashed there with the young Coleridge (becoming friends), and met his great friend and discussion-partner Dalton. Engels, a great admirer, wrote for his newspaper. Bentham backed him. He enjoyed philosophical argument with Godwin, Malthus, Wilberforce and Ricardo, all admirers of his New Lanark achievements. Pictet hosted a trip to Paris, introducing Cuvier, Humboldt and Laplace. Maclure, Lesueur, Say and Neef were all involved in his utopian adventure in America, two of his sons marrying Neef’s daughters.