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Nasmyth (sometimes spelled Nasmith; August 19, 1808 – May 7, 1890) was a
Scottish engineer and inventor famous for his development of the steam hammer.
His father Alexander Nasmyth was a landscape painter of Edinburgh, where James was born. One of Alexander's hobbies was mechanics and he employed nearly all his spare time in his workshop where he encouraged his youngest son to work with him in all sorts of materials. James was sent to the High School where he had as a friend Jemmy