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  1. Reflecting Telescope — 2019-02-19 15:29:12
    …see [[Gravity]], was born in 1642 in a manor house in [[Lincolnshire]], [[England]]. Others had experimented with the idea of a reflecting telescope including James Gregory but had not manufactured a working version. Early telescopes, like th…
  2. Vacuum cleaner — 2018-12-26 13:21:55
    …suction instead of blowing. The angry inventor said that sucking dust was impossible, but Booth could not let go of his idea. On returning home he decided to test his idea by placing a wet cloth over a cushioned chair and sucking on it hard. Wh…
  3. Rubber Band — 2018-12-21 17:10:59
    … Perry 1845 === Stephen Perry patented the rubber band in England on March 17, 1845. Also known as an elastic band the idea was touted by Thomas Hancock after he patented vulcanized [[Rubber]].…
  4. Electric Toaster — 2018-10-12 13:33:05
    …rs 1893 === ~-[[CategoryDomestic]] In 1893 MacMasters contacted the English electrical engineer Crompton & Co. with an idea. Alan Alexander MacMasters was a scientist and inventor from [[Scotland]], and had created a prototype electric toaste…
  5. Mensa — 2018-09-30 22:05:06
    …eft" title="Mensa Logo" width="200" }} They met on a train in Surrey just after WWII had ended and they discussed the idea of forming a society for very intelligent people, the only qualification for membership being a high **IQ**. ::c:: {{D…
  6. Guinness Book of World Records — 2018-09-11 11:09:26
    …left" title="Nick & Ross McWhirter" width="500" }} After a fruitless search for a reference for such facts, he had the idea that Guiness could provide a 'record' book for settling arguments in [[Pub]]s. == The Twins == Norris was the timeke…
  7. Public Park — 2018-08-24 15:01:46
    …and opened in '''**1847**'''. It soon became an instant economic and social success. Paxton's concept was to create an idealised countryside landscape of open meadows and naturalistic woodland belts. The lakes are shaped to appear as sinuous r…
    …res such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge. {{Image url="BirkenheadPark.jpg" class="right" }} ::c:: == A man with Big Ideas == In **1851** Paxton designed the **Crystal Palace** for the '''Great Exhibition'''. All of the 245 plans for the ma…
  8. Intraocular Lens — 2018-07-10 08:26:02
    …hington at weekends, operate there, and return to his London practice by Monday morning. While Americans welcomed a new idea with such enthusiasm, it was so typical that the companies who made the lenses in the **USA** did not share Ridley's re…
  9. Sunday School — 2018-06-28 10:48:46
    …width="400" }} == World wide == Within a decade children were attending schools on a Sunday all over England. Soon the idea spread abroad to Ireland and the Commonwealth, into Europe, Canada and the U.S.…
  10. Jet Engine — 2018-05-28 18:47:28
    …at Whittle was able to retain the rights to the idea, which would have otherwise been the property of the RAF. ::c:: == Foreign eyes == {{Image src="Whittlequarterscaleje…
    …Whittle inspects his engine "}} This rejection would later turn out to be a stroke of luck for Whittle, but because his idea was available to the public, other's overseas (who //were// preparing for war) were able to study his designs. ::cr::So…
  11. Four-minute Mile — 2018-03-04 19:41:50
    …he Amateur Athletic Association and Oxford University was the setting for Bannister's attempt. Conditions were far from ideal it had been windy and raining. {{Image url="Bannister4mile.jpg" class="left" title="Bannister finishing the 4 minute …
  12. WorldWideWeb — 2017-11-08 17:15:06
    …n system that would create a web of information. Initially, his proposal received no reply, but he began working on his idea anyway. == HTTP == In 1990, he wrote the '''Hypertext Transfer Protocol''' (HTTP)—the language computers would use …
    … The web yet another British invention which has help to shrink the globe in communications. Yet Tim did not patent his idea he made it available to all. In 2007 the Queen awarded Berners-Lee with one of Britain's highest honours - the '''Orde…
  13. CT Scan — 2017-08-30 00:04:03
    …he [[Beatles]] EMI had money to invest and asked Hounsfield to come up with a new area of research. He came up with the idea that one could determine what was inside a box by taking X-ray readings at all angles around the object. Godfrey thoug…
  14. Hovercraft — 2017-08-24 11:29:22
    …of air, thus reducing the effect of the water drag. After many trials he successfully designed a craft which proved his ideas were correct. He was not surprised. The modified punt he used had a special pump to blow high pressure air down under …
    …bber curtain regained most of the air, hence creating lift. Cockerell had set up a company, Ripplecraft, to develop his ideas further and in 1955 he eventually convinced the Ministry of Supply to back his project. He had a hard time trying to c…
    …craft now in use in America and 250 in the Soviet Union, many used in recent conflicts. In these early days Cockerell's idea was patented and immediately put on the secret list. Nothing happened and Cockerell became increasingly agitated. Even…
  15. Computer — 2017-07-10 17:37:14
    …in [[London]], [[England]]. A mathematician, philosopher, mechanical engineer and computer scientist who originated the idea of a programmable computer. Babbage wanted to find a method by which computations could be calculated mechanically, re…
  16. Vaccination — 2017-07-09 10:30:27
    …mune to smallpox. He submitted a paper to the **Royal Society** in 1797 describing his experiment but was told that his ideas were too revolutionary and that he needed more proof. Undaunted, Jenner experimented on several other children, includ…
  17. Radio — 2017-07-05 10:54:29
    …mage url="MarconiRadio.jpg" title="Marconi Radio" class="right" width="250" }} **Guglielmo Marconi** began pursuing the idea of building a wireless telegraphy system based on Hertzian waves (radio). Marconi gained a patent on the system in 1896…
  18. ATM — 2017-06-27 19:28:18
    …hat year, he met with the chief general manager of Barclays Bank. Shepherd-Barron asked him for 90 seconds to pitch his idea for a cash machine. He said, 'Come and see me on Monday morning'. == Into Production == {{Image url="FirstATMWithdra…
  19. YMCA — 2017-06-21 14:24:38
    …s. {{ Image url="Ymca.jpg" width="100" class="left" }} He and a group of fellow drapers organized the first YMCA. The idea was to substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets. By '''1851''' there were 24 YMCAs in Great Britain, w…
  20. Underground Railway — 2017-06-21 14:16:27
    …ty of London, which was suffering from horse-drawn traffic congestion and pollution that was holding back business. The idea of an underground system was thought up by the London City solicitor, **Charles Pearson**. {{Image url="CharlesPearson…
  21. Microphone — 2017-06-21 00:40:34
    …instead giving it as a gift to the world, a view that was contrary to Edison's. It is worth noting that in the U.S. an idea could be patented and developed later. {{Image url="Microphone-Blue-Plaque.jpg" class="left" title="Microphone Blue Pl…
  22. Scouts — 2017-06-15 01:16:10
    …8** after a trial camp 1 to 8 August 1907 on **Brownsea Island**, Poole Harbour, [[Dorset]], where B-P. tried out his ideas on four patrols of boys from London and Bournemouth. Scouting for Boys was initially printed in six fortnightly parts,…
  23. Fire Extinguisher — 2017-06-01 10:14:02
    …= Earlier == The first fire extinguisher, of a sort, was patented in 1723 by **Ambrose Godfrey **from [[England]]. His idea was more of a 'sledge hammer' approach. It consisted of a cask of fire-extinguishing liquid containing a pewter chamber…
    … This was connected with a system of fuses which were ignited, exploding the gunpowder and scattering the solution. The idea of the device was to a limit the extent of the fire.…
  24. Electric Generator — 2017-05-25 11:18:24
    …e became interested in the concept of energy, specifically force. Because of his early reading and experiments with the idea of force, he was able to make important discoveries in electricity later in life. He eventually became a chemist and ph…
  25. Steam Engine — 2017-05-23 20:30:35
    …ase valve to keep the device from exploding. By watching the valve rhythmically move up and down Papin conceived of the idea of a piston and cylinder engine. Papin wrote up the designs for such a device , however he never built an actual steam …
    …ater used Papin's designs to build the world's first operational steam engine. '''Sir Samuel Morland''' also developed ideas for a steam engine during the same period and built a number of steam-engine pumps for King Louis XIV of France in the…
    …er, while keeping the piston and cylinder at the temperature of the steam. Gainsborough believed that Watt had used his ideas for the invention, but there is no proof of this. ::c:: == Enter James Watt == {{Image url="Watt.jpg" class="right" w…
  26. Cat Eyes — 2017-05-17 09:02:28
    …as 14, he worked as a road mender. ||{{{toc}}}||{{adsense}}|| Shaw was inventive, even at a young age, and his catseye idea for lighting the way along roads in the dark was pure inspiration. == Inspiration == When the tram-lines were removed …
  27. iPod — 2017-05-14 23:49:13
    … tracks – very similar to the iPod. == Patent == He took out a worldwide patent and set up a company to develop the idea. But in 1988, after a boardroom split, he was unable to raise the £60,000 needed to renew patents across 120 countrie…
  28. Meccano — 2017-05-14 01:23:25
    …lara Walker Godefroy, they had two sons, Roland and Douglas, and a daughter, Patricia. Hornby began experimenting with ideas in his home workshop making toys for his sons in **1899** with pieces he cut from sheet metal. == Dad and Toys == He …
    …otential in what Hornby was doing and offered him some vacant premises next to the office where he worked to pursue his ideas. With this move, Elliot and Hornby became partners. ::c:: == Into Production == {{Image url="Meccano_logo.jpg" width=…
  29. Workmate — 2017-05-10 00:13:27
    … hand' to help with his DIY. ::c:: {{Image url="Workmate.jpg" class="left" width="200" title="workmate" }} == Sell the Idea == His idea was rejected by manufacturers for many years, so Hickman sold the benches himself to professional builders …
    …impress any manufacturer to take on his Workmate, including Black & Decker, who consistently rejected his DIY help mate idea. {{Image url="Lotus-elan.jpg" width="400" class="right" title="Classic Lotus Elan designed by Ron Hickman" }} But afte…
  30. Vacuum Flask — 2017-05-02 15:07:40
    …hest known vacuum of his day. {{Image url="Thermos-and-cup.gif" }} It was his work at low temperatures which led to the idea of the thermos or vacuum flask. His invention was brought to consumers in '''**1904**''' when it was realised the 'Ther…
  31. Colgate — 2017-04-25 16:07:51
    …glish farmer and politician. He was also a sympathiser with the American War of Independence. Because of his republican ideals he decided to leave their farm in Shoreham, Kent in March 1798 and emigrate to Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Colgate for…
  32. Postage Stamp — 2017-02-01 12:17:38
    … Hill became a student-teacher at his father's school. As a sideline Rowland was also an inventor, although most of his ideas were never used. …
  33. Modern Olympics — 2017-01-25 14:57:15
    …Prize.** This wasn't to be the last time Brookes would make contact with foreign philanthropists who shared some of his ideas. Brookes himself petitioned the Greek authorities to revive an international games but internal strife within the coun…
  34. Christmas Cracker — 2017-01-16 15:55:55
    … death_place="" }} === Tom Smith 1860 === ~-[[Tradition]] Tom Smith was a hard working confectioner always looking for ideas to further his business. On a trip to Paris in 1846 Tom discovered the “bon-bon” sugared almond, wrapped in a twi…
    … product sales with limited success. Then after throwing a log onto a fire it gave out a loud crackle that gave him the idea of making his bon-bon pop as it was pulled apart. == The cracker is born == {{Image url="TomSmithCrackerPoster.jpg" c…
    … apart with cracking sound. By 1900 the company were producing 13 million crackers a year. Over the next few years his idea evolved and grew and he moved from his original premises in Clerkenwell, East [[London]], [[England]] to Finsbury Squar…
  35. Pneumatic Tyre — 2016-05-12 16:10:13
    … about more or less by chance. In 1888 his small son was prescribed cycling as cure for a heavy cold; Dunlop hit on the idea of making the boy's tricycle more comfortable by fitting it with inflated tubes, made of canvas and bonded together wit…
    …h liquid rubber. == Patent == He patented this idea on 7 December **1888**, using the word 'pneumatic' for the first time [See below] , in the same year. A local firm, W. …
    …was not the first time someone had tried making inflatable tyres. Another Scot, Robert William Thomson had patented the idea in 1846 (Dunlop was unaware of this patent). …
  36. Cheddar cheese — 2016-03-06 00:40:07
    …ese was traditionally made in** Cheddar Gorge** on the edge of the village. It has a number of caves, which provide the ideal humidity and temperature for maturing the cheese. === Cheddar Gorge ~1170 === Cheddar Cheese has been produced in t…

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