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YearInvention/DiscoveryInventor or Discoverer
1250Magnifying glassRoger Bacon
1668Reflecting telescopeIsaac Newton
1698Steam pumpThomas Savery
1701Seed drillJethro Tull
1712Steam engineThomas Newcomen
1717Diving bellEdmund Halley
1725StereotypingWilliam Ged
1758Achromatic lensJohn Dollond
1759Marine chronometerJohn Harrison
1764Spinning jennyJames Hargreaves
1769Spinning frameR. Arkwright
1769Steam engine (with separate condenser)James Watt
1780Steel penSamuel Harrison
1784Threshing machineAndrew Meikle
1785Power loomEdmund Cartwright
1788Flyball governorJames Watt
1791Gas turbineJohn Barber
1792Illuminating gasWilliam Murdock
1795Hydraulic pressJoseph Bramah
1796Smallpox vaccinationEdward Jenner
1804Solid-fuel rocketWilliam Congreve
1804Steam locomotiveRichard Trevithick
1814Railroad locomotiveGeorge Stephenson
1815Safety lampSir Humphry Davy
1820HygrometerJ.F. Daniell
1820sDifference Engine (Computer)Charles Babbage
1821Electric motorMichael Faraday
1823ElectromagnetWilliam Sturgeon
1824Portland cementJoseph Aspdin
1827Friction matchJohn Walker
1831DynamoMichael Faraday
1837TelegraphSir Charles Wheatstone
1839PhotographyWilliam Henry Fox Talbot
1839Steam hammerJames Nasmyth
1839Bicycle (with pedals)Kirkpatrick MacMillan
1850Mercerized cottonJohn Mercer
1855Hypodermic syringeAlexander Wood
1856Bessemer converter (steel)Sir Henry Bessemer
1861Regenerative furnaceWilhelm Siemens
1865Antiseptic surgeryJoseph Lister
1876TelephoneAlexander Graham Bell
1878Cathode ray tubeSir William Crookes
1879Incandescent filament lampSir Joseph Wilson Swan
1884Steam turbineSir Charles Algernon Parsons
1884Multiple-wheel steam turbineSir Charles Algernon Parsons
1887Air-inflated rubber tireJ.B. Dunlop
1891Motion picture camera (kinetograph)William K. L. Dickson
1891Synthetic rubberSir William Augustus Tilden
1892Rayon (viscose)Charles Frederick Cross
1892Vacuum bottle (Dewar flask)Sir James Dewar
1895Rayon (acetate)Charles Frederick Cross
1905Diode rectifier tube (radio)Sir John Ambrose Fleming
1908Two-color motion picture cameraC. Albert Smith
1919Mass spectrographSir Francis William Aston
1926TelevisionJohn Logie Baird
1928PenicillinSir Alexander Fleming
1930Modern gas-turbine engineSir Frank Whittle
1935Radiolocator (radar)Sir Robert Watson-Watt
1940Ejector SeatSir James Martin
1941Turbojet aircraft engineSir Frank Whittle
1943-1945Colossus computer Tommy Flowers
1947HolographyDennis Gabon
1956HovercraftChristopher Cockerell
1975CAT (computerized axial tomography) scannerGodfrey N. Hounsfield
1989World Wide WebSir Tim Berners-Lee
1996Clockwork RadioTrevor Baylis