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Who developed the concept of horsepower?

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The term horsepower was adopted in the late 18th century by Scottish engineer James Watt to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses.

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James Watt, who invented steam engines, figured out a mathematical way to equate horses to engine power. Thus the term horsepower was invented. Watt measured the capability of a big horse to pull a load and found it could pull a weight of 150-pounds while walking at 2.5 miles per hour.

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