Inventions Category

10/10/2019

Boolean algebra

Boolean algebra, or logic, is named after George Boole (1815-64), a gifted mathematician and philosopher. Born in…

14/09/2019

The typewriter

The first patent for a typewriter was granted in 1714 to Henry Mill (1683-1771) from southern England.…

23/08/2019

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the WWW

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee (1955-) is responsible for helping to usher in the digital age with his…

15/08/2019

The ‘best car in the world’

The first car designed and made by Sir Henry Royce (1863-1933) was a 2-cylinder 10HP model in…

14/07/2019

The equals sign, =

Robert Recorde (1510-58) was born in Tenby and, astonishingly, died in debtors’ prison, but he had had…

27/06/2019

Caxton’s printing press

Kent-born William Caxton (c.1422-91) was the first to bring the printing press to Britain and to publish…

01/06/2019

The portable defibrillator

Born in Hillsborough, near Lisburn, Professor J. Frank Pantridge, CBE, MC (1916-2004) is regarded as a pioneer…

08/05/2019

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was born on a farm in Lincolnshire but he was never suited to…

07/05/2019

The bowler hat

An iconic part of the city gent’s uniform, the black bowler hat was named after nephew and…

30/04/2019

The Catseye

The Catseye, trademark of Reflecting Roadstuds Ltd, was invented by Percy Shaw, OBE (1890-1976) who was born…

13/04/2019

The turbojet engine

Sir Frank Whittle (1907-96) invented the turbojet engine. A brilliant mathematician and engineer, he became an RAF…

05/04/2019

Television

Two Scotsmen played significant roles in the invention of the television, albeit in opposite directions. The route…