Life Brearley was born on 18 February 1871 in Sheffield, England, the son of John Brearley, a steelworker, and his wife, Jane Brearley née Senior.He left his school at th e age of 12 to become a laborer in his father's steelworks.
Later on he married someone called Helen Crank. For seven years, he studied at home and afternoon classes to specialize in steel production techniques and associated chemical analysis methods.
The Discovery In the years before world war 1 arms manufacturing increased significantly in the UK, but practical problems were encountered due to erosion. Brearley began to research new stee ls which could better resist the erosion caused by high temperatures.
How did he do it ? He was mixing chromium with molten steel and created stainless steel.