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
Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947
Inventor

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird
13 August 1888
Engineer

Francis GaltonFrancis Galton
16 February 1822
Polymath

Humphry DavyHumphry Davy
17 December 1778
Inventor of Davy Lamp
James ChadwickJames Chadwick
20 October 1891
Discoverer of Neutron

Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley
24 March 1733
Discoverer of Oxygen

George StephensonGeorge Stephenson
09 June 1781
Father of Railways
Frank WhittleFrank Whittle
01 June 1907
Inventor of Turbojet Engine

Barnes WallisBarnes Wallis
26 September 1887
Inventor of Bouncing Bomb
Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Inventor

Richard TrevithickRichard Trevithick
13 April 1771
Pioneer of steam-powered road & rail transport

Henry BessemerHenry Bessemer
19 January 1813
Inventor

Thomas NewcomenThomas Newcomen
31 January 1664
Inventor of Atmospheric Steam Engine

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

Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston
01 September 1877
Chemist & Physicist

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779
Lexicographer

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

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

Robert Watson-WattRobert Watson-Watt
13 April 1892
Developer

Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
30 July 1940
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer
John HerschelJohn Herschel
07 March 1792
Polymath

Andre GeimAndre Geim
21 October 1958
Physicist
Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840
Inventor

George CayleyGeorge Cayley
27 December 1773
Engineer

John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840
Inventor, Entrepreneur
Thomas SaveryThomas Savery
1650 AD
engineer, inventor

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William Henry PerkinWilliam Henry Perkin
12 March 1838
Chemist
James HargreavesJames Hargreaves
1720 AD
carpenter, inventor, engineer

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming
29 November 1849
Engineer

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
03 August 1860
Inventor, Film director, Film producer,
Harry FergusonHarry Ferguson
04 November 1884
Mechanic
Charles Algernon ParsonsCharles Algernon Parsons
13 June 1854
Engineer

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842
Chemist

Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge
12 June 1851
Physicist

William WillettWilliam Willett
10 August 1856
Inventor
William Friese-GreeneWilliam Friese-Greene
07 September 1855
Photographer, Inventor

Elihu ThomsonElihu Thomson
29 March 1853
Engineer, Inventor

John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
23 June 1925
Inventor, Military personnel

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
13 May 1937
Swimmer, Inventor

Ebenezer KinnersleyEbenezer Kinnersley
30 November 1711
Scientist
Henry MaudslayHenry Maudslay
22 August 1771
Innovator

Joseph BramahJoseph Bramah
13 April 1748
Civil engineer, Engineer
William ThorntonWilliam Thornton
20 May 1759
Physician

Samuel CromptonSamuel Crompton
03 December 1753
Inventor

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
03 May 1860
Inventor, Physiologist
Hertha AyrtonHertha Ayrton
28 April 1854
Engineer

Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes
29 December 1813
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer
Ian WilmutIan Wilmut
07 July 1944
Biologist

Carl Wilhelm SiemensCarl Wilhelm Siemens
04 April 1823
Electrical Engineer

Christopher CockerellChristopher Cockerell
04 June 1910
Engineer

Isaac PitmanIsaac Pitman
04 January 1813
Teacher

Henry ShrapnelHenry Shrapnel
03 June 1761
Inventor
Warren De la RueWarren De la Rue
15 January 1815
Astronomer

Edward Craven WalkerEdward Craven Walker
04 July 1918
Inventor

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon
22 May 1783
Physicist, Inventor

H. J. RoundH. J. Round
02 June 1881
Engineer
John Nevil MaskelyneJohn Nevil Maskelyne
22 December 1839
Magician

David Edward HughesDavid Edward Hughes
16 May 1831
Inventor
Percivall PottPercivall Pott
06 January 1714
Surgeon

Philip AstleyPhilip Astley
08 January 1742
Equestrian

Sebastian Ziani de FerrantiSebastian Ziani de Ferranti
09 April 1864
Electrical engineer
William Fothergill CookeWilliam Fothergill Cooke
04 May 1806
Inventor

Frederick Scott ArcherFrederick Scott Archer
1813 AD
Photographer
John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal
10 May 1901
Physicist, Philosopher, Inventor, University

Norman LockyerNorman Lockyer
17 May 1836
Astronomer

Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of WorcesterEdward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester
09 March 1602
Royal
Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794
Explorer

James B. FrancisJames B. Francis
18 May 1815
Civil engineer
Thomas EarnshawThomas Earnshaw
04 February 1749
Watchmaker

Wilson GreatbatchWilson Greatbatch
06 September 1919
Engineer, Inventor

Benjamin HuntsmanBenjamin Huntsman
04 June 1704
Inventor

James StarleyJames Starley
21 April 1830
Inventor
Edmund Clerihew BentleyEdmund Clerihew Bentley
10 July 1875
Novelist
Henry CortHenry Cort
1740 AD
Ironmaster

Goldsworthy GurneyGoldsworthy Gurney
14 February 1793
Surgeon

John ByromJohn Byrom
29 February 1692
Poet

Fleeming JenkinFleeming Jenkin
25 March 1833
Engineer
Louis EssenLouis Essen
06 September 1908
Physicist

Percy PilcherPercy Pilcher
16 January 1866
Inventor

Bryan DonkinBryan Donkin
22 March 1768
Developer

Eleanor CoadeEleanor Coade
03 June 1733
Businesswoman

Jesse RamsdenJesse Ramsden
06 October 1735
Mathematician
Richard Lovell EdgeworthRichard Lovell Edgeworth
31 May 1744
Politician

Dugald ClerkDugald Clerk
31 March 1854
Engineer
Samuel HartlibSamuel Hartlib
1600 AD
Polymath

John BlenkinsopJohn Blenkinsop
1783 AD
Engineer
John RoebuckJohn Roebuck
1718 AD
Inventor
Sir William Congreve, 2nd BaronetSir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet
20 May 1772
Inventor