Edward "Ted" Pritchard was an Australian mechanical engineer, inventor and developer of small scale modern steam engines. He was obsessed by the virtues of modern steam as compared to the internal combustion engine. He believed that for a fraction of the investment in the development of internal combustion engines, modern small-scale steam, externally fired engines could prove to be of far greater efficiency and utility. Pritchard attempted to launch a steam driven car industry in Australia in the 1970s. His effort ultimately sent him bankrupt. Towards the end of his life he continued to refine the engineering principles and designs of his engines. He left a design for what he referred to as "the best small steam engine the world has ever seen"