Inventions Category

10/03/2019

Radar

Radar stands for ‘Radio Detection and Ranging’ and there were two Scottish physicists who had key roles…

04/03/2019

Big Ben

‘Big Ben’ is the nickname given to the hour bell in the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses…

16/02/2019

Wave energy

Britain is surrounded by the natural resource of the sea, making the possibility of producing electricity from…

15/02/2019

The flushing toilet

Sir John Harington invented the flushing toilet for his own manor house in Somerset and his godmother,…

03/02/2019

The mackintosh (mac)

A ‘mac’ is a generic name for a waterproof coat, shortened from ‘mackintosh’. In the early 19th…

31/01/2019

Concorde ♥

The concept of a supersonic aeroplane was first discussed in Britain in the late 1950s. By 2003,…

07/01/2019

Tarmac

There were three people involved in the invention of tarmac (or tarmacadam), not counting John McAdam from…

26/12/2018

Pitman shorthand

Sir Isaac Pitman of Wiltshire, England, invented the Pitman shorthand system in 1837 when he was 24.…

16/12/2018

The Bessemer Process

Sir Henry Bessemer, FRS, (1813-98), born in Hertfordshire and mainly self-educated, gave his name to the Bessemer…

04/12/2018

Alan Turing

Publicly recognised as a war hero long after his death, Alan Turing, OBE,FRS, was born in London…

01/12/2018

Railways

It is said that the railways were the supreme achievement of the Victorian era in Britain. The…

26/11/2018

Red buses

Red buses are a feature of the London street scene and an integral part of the public…