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

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird
13 August 1888

Francis GaltonFrancis Galton
16 February 1822

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

James ChadwickJames Chadwick
20 October 1891
Discoverer of Neutron

George StephensonGeorge Stephenson
09 June 1781
Father of Railways

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Frank WhittleFrank Whittle
01 June 1907
Inventor of Turbojet Engine

Richard TrevithickRichard Trevithick
13 April 1771
Pioneer of steam-powered road & rail transport
Barnes WallisBarnes Wallis
26 September 1887
Inventor of Bouncing Bomb

Thomas NewcomenThomas Newcomen
31 January 1664
Inventor of Atmospheric Steam Engine

Henry BessemerHenry Bessemer
19 January 1813
Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston
01 September 1877
Chemist & Physicist

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

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779

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

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,
Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao
04 November 1933
Physicist, Engineer, Scientist, Inventor,

Joseph SwanJoseph Swan
31 October 1828
Chemist, Physicist, Inventor

Charles WheatstoneCharles Wheatstone
06 February 1802
Cryptographer, Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer,

Andre GeimAndre Geim
21 October 1958
Physicist, Inventor, Professor, Scientist
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
30 July 1940
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer
John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840
Inventor, Entrepreneur

John HerschelJohn Herschel
07 March 1792
Polymath, Mathematician, Astronomer, Chemist,

George CayleyGeorge Cayley
27 December 1773
Aeronautical engineer, Engineer, Politician

Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840
James HargreavesJames Hargreaves
1720 AD
carpenter, inventor, engineer

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James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842
Physicist, Chemist, Inventor

Thomas SaveryThomas Savery
1650 AD
engineer, inventor

Elihu ThomsonElihu Thomson
29 March 1853
Engineer, Inventor

Charles Algernon ParsonsCharles Algernon Parsons
13 June 1854
Engineer, Inventor
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

William MurdochWilliam Murdoch
21 August 1754
Inventor, Engineer
John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming
29 November 1849
Inventor, Physicist, Engineer, University teacher

Sandford FlemingSandford Fleming
07 January 1827
Engineer, Postage stamp designer, Inventor

William Henry PerkinWilliam Henry Perkin
12 March 1838
Harry FergusonHarry Ferguson
04 November 1884
Aerospace engineer, Engineer

Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes
29 December 1813
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer
John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
23 June 1925
Inventor, Military personnel

William WillettWilliam Willett
10 August 1856

Samuel CromptonSamuel Crompton
03 December 1753

Joseph BramahJoseph Bramah
13 April 1748
Civil engineer, Engineer

Henry MaudslayHenry Maudslay
22 August 1771
Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
13 May 1937
Swimmer, Inventor

William Friese-GreeneWilliam Friese-Greene
07 September 1855
Photographer, Inventor

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
03 May 1860
Inventor, Physiologist

Christopher CockerellChristopher Cockerell
04 June 1910
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
03 August 1860
Inventor, Film director, Film producer,

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal
10 May 1901
Physicist, Philosopher, Inventor, University
Philip AstleyPhilip Astley
08 January 1742

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon
22 May 1783
Physicist, Inventor

Wilson GreatbatchWilson Greatbatch
06 September 1919
Engineer, Inventor
Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794

John KayJohn Kay
23 June 1704
George DanielsGeorge Daniels
19 August 1926
watchmaker, non-fiction writer

Thomas HancockThomas Hancock
08 May 1786
inventor, engineer