Before you go on to read this section, thank Sir Timothy John Berners Lee for had it not been for this supremely talented British computer scientist, you wouldn’t have had World Wide Web! It was Berners Lee whose pioneering work led to the foundation of the modern computing system and internet. But British contribution to inventions and discoveries does not limit to World Wide Web alone. The English men are responsible for great many discoveries and invention that have made the world a better place to live in. Be it Roger Bacon’s magnifying glass or Michael Faraday’s electric transformer, John Ambroise Fleming’s vacuum diode or Rowland Hill’s postage stamp, George William Manby’s fire extinguisher or Sir Isaac Newton’s reflecting telescope, Stephen Perry’s rubber band or Joseph Priestley’s soda water, each of their inventions has greatly influenced our lifestyle and made living stress-free. Talking about discoveries, British explorers contributed greatly to the development of modern society that we know of today. So whether it is Sir Walter Raleigh or Henry Hudson, Sir Francis Drake or Captain James Cook, each of them and many more discovered new lands and routes for current and future generation travellers and explorers. Check this section to know about the life and works of famous British inventors and discoverers.
Tim Berners-LeeTim Berners-Lee
08 June 1955
Inventor of the World Wide Web
James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947
Inventor

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird
13 August 1888
Engineer

Francis GaltonFrancis Galton
16 February 1822
Polymath

Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley
24 March 1733
Discoverer of Oxygen
Humphry DavyHumphry Davy
17 December 1778
Inventor of Davy Lamp

George StephensonGeorge Stephenson
09 June 1781
Father of Railways

Barnes WallisBarnes Wallis
26 September 1887
Inventor of Bouncing Bomb
Frank WhittleFrank Whittle
01 June 1907
Inventor of Turbojet Engine

James ChadwickJames Chadwick
20 October 1891
Discoverer of Neutron
Richard TrevithickRichard Trevithick
13 April 1771
Pioneer of steam-powered road & rail transport

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Inventor

Thomas NewcomenThomas Newcomen
31 January 1664
Inventor of Atmospheric Steam Engine

Henry BessemerHenry Bessemer
19 January 1813
Inventor

Jethro TullJethro Tull
30 March 1674
Agricultural Pioneer
Edmund CartwrightEdmund Cartwright
24 April 1743
Inventor

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779
Lexicographer

Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston
01 September 1877
Chemist & Physicist

Frank HornbyFrank Hornby
15 May 1863
Inventor
John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
1728 AD
Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,
Joseph SwanJoseph Swan
31 October 1828
Chemist, Physicist, Inventor

Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
30 July 1940
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer

John HerschelJohn Herschel
07 March 1792
Polymath
John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840
Inventor, Entrepreneur

George CayleyGeorge Cayley
27 December 1773
Engineer
Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840
Inventor

Andre GeimAndre Geim
21 October 1958
Physicist, Inventor, Professor, Scientist

Thomas SaveryThomas Savery
1650 AD
engineer, inventor
Charles Algernon ParsonsCharles Algernon Parsons
13 June 1854
Engineer

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William Friese-GreeneWilliam Friese-Greene
07 September 1855
Photographer, Inventor
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

James HargreavesJames Hargreaves
1720 AD
carpenter, inventor, engineer

Harry FergusonHarry Ferguson
04 November 1884
Mechanic

Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge
12 June 1851
Physicist
William MurdochWilliam Murdoch
21 August 1754
Inventor, Engineer
Elihu ThomsonElihu Thomson
29 March 1853
Engineer, Inventor

William Henry PerkinWilliam Henry Perkin
12 March 1838
Chemist

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming
29 November 1849
Engineer

John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
23 June 1925
Inventor, Military personnel
Rowland HillRowland Hill
03 December 1795
Educator

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842
Chemist

Christopher CockerellChristopher Cockerell
04 June 1910
Engineer

Henry MaudslayHenry Maudslay
22 August 1771
Innovator

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
03 May 1860
Inventor, Physiologist
Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
13 May 1937
Swimmer, Inventor

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
03 August 1860
Inventor, Film director, Film producer,
William ThorntonWilliam Thornton
20 May 1759
Physician

Joseph BramahJoseph Bramah
13 April 1748
Civil engineer, Engineer

Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes
29 December 1813
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer
Samuel CromptonSamuel Crompton
03 December 1753
Inventor

Hertha AyrtonHertha Ayrton
28 April 1854
Engineer
Henry ShrapnelHenry Shrapnel
03 June 1761
Inventor

Isaac PitmanIsaac Pitman
04 January 1813
Teacher

Ian WilmutIan Wilmut
07 July 1944
Biologist

David Edward HughesDavid Edward Hughes
16 May 1831
Inventor

William WillettWilliam Willett
10 August 1856
Inventor
Frederick Scott ArcherFrederick Scott Archer
1813 AD
Photographer

John Nevil MaskelyneJohn Nevil Maskelyne
22 December 1839
Magician

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon
22 May 1783
Physicist, Inventor

Percivall PottPercivall Pott
06 January 1714
Surgeon
Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of WorcesterEdward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester
09 March 1602
Royal

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal
10 May 1901
Physicist, Philosopher, Inventor, University
Wilson GreatbatchWilson Greatbatch
06 September 1919
Engineer, Inventor

William Fothergill CookeWilliam Fothergill Cooke
04 May 1806
Inventor

Philip AstleyPhilip Astley
08 January 1742
Equestrian
Edmund Clerihew BentleyEdmund Clerihew Bentley
10 July 1875
Novelist

Benjamin HuntsmanBenjamin Huntsman
04 June 1704
Inventor
Edward Craven WalkerEdward Craven Walker
04 July 1918
Inventor

Norman LockyerNorman Lockyer
17 May 1836
Astronomer

Sebastian Ziani de FerrantiSebastian Ziani de Ferranti
09 April 1864
Electrical engineer
Thomas EarnshawThomas Earnshaw
04 February 1749
Watchmaker

James StarleyJames Starley
21 April 1830
Inventor
John ByromJohn Byrom
29 February 1692
Poet

H. J. RoundH. J. Round
02 June 1881
Engineer

Henry CortHenry Cort
1740 AD
Ironmaster

James B. FrancisJames B. Francis
18 May 1815
Civil engineer
Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794
Explorer
Alexander John ForsythAlexander John Forsyth
28 December 1768
Inventor

Goldsworthy GurneyGoldsworthy Gurney
14 February 1793
Surgeon

Richard Lovell EdgeworthRichard Lovell Edgeworth
31 May 1744
Politician

Fleeming JenkinFleeming Jenkin
25 March 1833
Engineer
Percy PilcherPercy Pilcher
16 January 1866
Inventor

Jesse RamsdenJesse Ramsden
06 October 1735
Mathematician

Dugald ClerkDugald Clerk
31 March 1854
Engineer

Louis EssenLouis Essen
06 September 1908
Physicist

Samuel HartlibSamuel Hartlib
1600 AD
Polymath
Bryan DonkinBryan Donkin
22 March 1768
Developer

Warren De la RueWarren De la Rue
15 January 1815
Astronomer
Sir William Congreve, 2nd BaronetSir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet
20 May 1772
Inventor

John RoebuckJohn Roebuck
1718 AD
Inventor
John BlenkinsopJohn Blenkinsop
1783 AD
Engineer
Samuel Lister, 1st Baron MashamSamuel Lister, 1st Baron Masham
01 January 1815
Inventor