Inventions Category

19/05/2020

The toothbrush

William Addis (1734-1808) from London is the protagonist of a story about the invention of the toothbrush…

25/04/2020

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Londoner Sir Peter Mansfield (1933-2017) was among several developers of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technique and…

14/04/2020

Colossus

The ten Colossus machines built at Bletchley Park during WW2 were the first electronic programming computers, albeit…

27/03/2020

Jethro Tull’s seed drill

Jethro Tull (1674-1741) was born into a wealthy farming family in Berkshire. He began a career in…

28/02/2020

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59) certainly had a penchant for ‘big’ and ‘first’ achievements, epitomised in the iconic…

19/02/2020

Float glass

Plate glass was initially manufactured in the UK in the thirteenth century by a method which produced…

20/01/2020

Logarithms

One of the biggest leaps in mathematics was the invention of logarithms by Edinburgh-born John Napier (1550-1617).…

12/01/2020

999 emergency telephone service

The world’s first free emergency telephone service went into operation in 1937 in London. Other numbers such…

24/12/2019

Touchscreens

The Royal Radar Establishment in Worcestershire, set up in 1953, was responsible for many innovations in computer…

26/11/2019

George and Robert Stephenson

This father-and-son partnership were the pioneers of the railways. George Stephenson (1781-1848) never went to school but…

06/11/2019

Ultrasound scanning

Ian Donald, CBE (1910-87) was born in Cornwall and, although he was always interested in machines and…

04/11/2019

James Watt and the steam engine

Devon-born Thomas Newcomen (1664-1729) was among the early inventors of small steam engines and his beam engine,…