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1250 Magnifying glass Roger Bacon
1668 Reflecting telescope Isaac Newton
1698 Steam pump Thomas Savery
1701 Seed drill Jethro Tull
1712 Steam engine Thomas Newcomen
1717 Diving bell Edmund Halley
1725 Stereotyping William Ged
1758 Achromatic lens John Dollond
1759 Marine chronometer John Harrison
1764 Spinning jenny James Hargreaves
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1769 Steam engine (with separate condenser) James Watt
1780 Steel pen Samuel Harrison
1784 Threshing machine Andrew Meikle
1785 Power loom Edmund Cartwright
1788 Flyball governor James Watt
1791 Gas turbine John Barber
1792 Illuminating gas William Murdock
1795 Hydraulic press Joseph Bramah
1796 Smallpox vaccination Edward Jenner
1804 Solid-fuel rocket William Congreve
1804 Steam locomotive Richard Trevithick
1814 Railroad locomotive George Stephenson
1815 Safety lamp Sir Humphry Davy
1820 Hygrometer J.F. Daniell
1820s Difference Engine (Computer) Charles Babbage
1821 Electric motor Michael Faraday
1823 Electromagnet William Sturgeon
1824 Portland cement Joseph Aspdin
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1855 Hypodermic syringe Alexander Wood
1856 Bessemer converter (steel) Sir Henry Bessemer
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1876 Telephone Alexander Graham Bell
1878 Cathode ray tube Sir William Crookes
1879 Incandescent filament lamp Sir Joseph Wilson Swan
1884 Steam turbine Sir Charles Algernon Parsons
1884 Multiple-wheel steam turbine Sir Charles Algernon Parsons
1887 Air-inflated rubber tire J.B. Dunlop
1891 Motion picture camera (kinetograph) William K. L. Dickson
1891 Synthetic rubber Sir William Augustus Tilden
1892 Rayon (viscose) Charles Frederick Cross
1892 Vacuum bottle (Dewar flask) Sir James Dewar
1895 Rayon (acetate) Charles Frederick Cross
1905 Diode rectifier tube (radio) Sir John Ambrose Fleming
1908 Two-color motion picture camera C. Albert Smith
1919 Mass spectrograph Sir Francis William Aston
1926 Television John Logie Baird
1928 Penicillin Sir Alexander Fleming
1930 Modern gas-turbine engine Sir Frank Whittle
1935 Radiolocator (radar) Sir Robert Watson-Watt
1940 Ejector Seat Sir James Martin
1941 Turbojet aircraft engine Sir Frank Whittle
1947 Holography Dennis Gabon
1956 Hovercraft Christopher Cockerell
1975 CAT (computerized axial tomography) scanner Godfrey N. Hounsfield
1989 World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee
1996 Clockwork Radio Trevor Baylis


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Not inventions but ...... scenery, architecture, art, comedy, The Beatles, forests, beaches.... real ale.

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I was sitting in a pub in Greenwich a few weeks ago having a pint of bitter, and had a moment of sublime happiness at how good some things in the UK still are.

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9 minutes ago, SNACR said:

Innovation didn't stop with the clockwork radio. 

Britain also gave the world dogging.

 

I'm pretty certain the Romans got there first. Pure filth them lot.

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From that list we don't seem to have been particularly inventive since WWII.

Conspicuously absent are the analogue computer, stored-programme digital computer and Turing's paper about the same.

On the other hand, whilst Baird actually constructed the world's first working TV system, the principles of the more successful cathode-ray system were invented a decade earlier.

The effects of penicillium were noted in the 1890's by a Frenchman, who failed to explore it.

I don't think the Baylis wind-up radio was significantly inventive, mechanical dynamos have been around for ages.

Has anyone invented the wind-up electric toothbrush? No? WOW! I just invented it!!! Add me to the list!

We might as well cite the tiresome Dyson vacuum or Black & Decker WorkMate as milestones in technology if we are going to lower the bar that much.

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1 hour ago, happy_renting said:

From that list we don't seem to have been particularly inventive since WWII.

Conspicuously absent are the analogue computer, stored-programme digital computer and Turing's paper about the same.

On the other hand, whilst Baird actually constructed the world's first working TV system, the principles of the more successful cathode-ray system were invented a decade earlier.

The effects of penicillium were noted in the 1890's by a Frenchman, who failed to explore it.

I don't think the Baylis wind-up radio was significantly inventive, mechanical dynamos have been around for ages.

Has anyone invented the wind-up electric toothbrush? No? WOW! I just invented it!!! Add me to the list!

We might as well cite the tiresome Dyson vacuum or Black & Decker WorkMate as milestones in technology if we are going to lower the bar that much.

Exactly.

What have the British ever done for us..?

 

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When I was in India a few years back, I asked my Indian colleague what he thought of the British. Generally liked still apparently. Although his grandfather had campaigned hard for independence. And there were riots and death.

He thought independence was like "leaving home".

I really liked my trip to India. Everyone was so British.

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Yep when I was there years ago the overall feeling I got was most loved the British. 

 

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2 hours ago, happy_renting said:

From that list we don't seem to have been particularly inventive since WWII.

Conspicuously absent are the analogue computer, stored-programme digital computer and Turing's paper about the same.

On the other hand, whilst Baird actually constructed the world's first working TV system, the principles of the more successful cathode-ray system were invented a decade earlier.

The effects of penicillium were noted in the 1890's by a Frenchman, who failed to explore it.

I don't think the Baylis wind-up radio was significantly inventive, mechanical dynamos have been around for ages.

Has anyone invented the wind-up electric toothbrush? No? WOW! I just invented it!!! Add me to the list!

We might as well cite the tiresome Dyson vacuum or Black & Decker WorkMate as milestones in technology if we are going to lower the bar that much.

I like to use the limp clamping mechanism of a Black & Decker Workmate to hold a Dyson vacuum cleaner whilst I smash the whole lot to pieces with a sledgehammer. I then clear up the fragments, of both, with a Henry Hoover.

Hard to keep up on the inventing front since the Americans found that crashed flying saucer in the forties.

 

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I'm sorry chaps, but I bought an American made vacuum cleaner!

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Our dominance in pop music is astounding.

It's barely recognised that hear a pop song anywhere in the world and odds on it'll be British.

That's not saying they all are but the number of successful acts who are British is astounding; it's similar for the US when it comes to films.

This was recognised for the Olympic opening ceremony where it was strongly featured.

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1 minute ago, Frank Hovis said:

Our dominance in pop music is astounding.

 

We make pop music like the Swiss make watches.

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22 minutes ago, MrPin said:

We make pop music like the Swiss make watches.

Well now that MPs are involved, you can bet that is going the way of many things that were once great about this country

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5 hours ago, wherebee said:

I was sitting in a pub in Greenwich a few weeks ago having a pint of bitter, and had a moment of sublime happiness at how good some things in the UK still are.

I had a similar moment of sublime happiness a few weeks ago as I glanced at the holographic image of the Queen Mother I keep on the dashboard of my hovercraft. Unfortunately, a few minutes later I took my eye off the road while I was winding up my clockwork radio and ended up having to use the ejector seat to avoid an 8-hovercraft pileup.

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I love Britain, I love living in Britain, I love the people, the seasons, the values, the culture, the inventions... what Britain has done for it's people....the question is what direction is it going, what plans has it going forward into the future, what is its identity? ;)

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1 minute ago, winkie said:

I love Britain, I love living in Britain, I love the people, the seasons, the values, the culture, the inventions... what Britain has done for it's people....the question is what direction is it going, what plans has it going forward into the future, what is its identity? ;)

The Piniverse will be here soon, and everyone will be British, and that includes Scotland, for all you "sweaties" out there.

For all the wogs, yids, frogs, wops, and krauts out there. Yes be British, and you will be welcomed, although we are a bit stuffed with too many people who want to come here, to admire the Cumbernauld shopping centre.

 

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