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

Francis GaltonFrancis Galton
16 February 1822
Polymath

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird
13 August 1888
Engineer

Humphry DavyHumphry Davy
17 December 1778
Inventor of Davy Lamp
Barnes WallisBarnes Wallis
26 September 1887
Inventor of Bouncing Bomb

James ChadwickJames Chadwick
20 October 1891
Discoverer of Neutron

George StephensonGeorge Stephenson
09 June 1781
Father of Railways
Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley
24 March 1733
Discoverer of Oxygen

Frank WhittleFrank Whittle
01 June 1907
Inventor of Turbojet Engine
Jethro TullJethro Tull
30 March 1674
Agricultural Pioneer

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
Edmund CartwrightEdmund Cartwright
24 April 1743
Inventor

John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
1728 AD
Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779
Lexicographer

Frank HornbyFrank Hornby
15 May 1863
Inventor
Francis William AstonFrancis William Aston
01 September 1877
Chemist & Physicist

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

Joseph SwanJoseph Swan
31 October 1828
Chemist, Physicist, Inventor
William ThorntonWilliam Thornton
20 May 1759
Physician

John HerschelJohn Herschel
07 March 1792
Polymath
George CayleyGeorge Cayley
27 December 1773
Engineer

Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840
Inventor

John HaringtonJohn Harington
04 August 1561
English author
Andre GeimAndre Geim
21 October 1958
Physicist

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John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840
Inventor, Entrepreneur
James HargreavesJames Hargreaves
1720 AD
carpenter, inventor, engineer

Thomas SaveryThomas Savery
1650 AD
engineer, inventor

George DanielsGeorge Daniels
19 August 1926
watchmaker, non-fiction writer

Jim MarshallJim Marshall
29 July 1923
British inventor
Harry FergusonHarry Ferguson
04 November 1884
Mechanic
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Scientist

John Ambrose FlemingJohn Ambrose Fleming
29 November 1849
Engineer

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

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842
Chemist
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
03 August 1860
Inventor, Film director, Film producer,

Charles Algernon ParsonsCharles Algernon Parsons
13 June 1854
Engineer

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

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
13 May 1937
Swimmer, Inventor

Samuel CromptonSamuel Crompton
03 December 1753
Inventor
William Henry PerkinWilliam Henry Perkin
12 March 1838
Chemist

John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
23 June 1925
Inventor, Military personnel
Oliver LodgeOliver Lodge
12 June 1851
Physicist

Christopher CockerellChristopher Cockerell
04 June 1910
Engineer

Elihu ThomsonElihu Thomson
29 March 1853
Engineer, Inventor
Isaac PitmanIsaac Pitman
04 January 1813
Teacher

Ian WilmutIan Wilmut
07 July 1944
Biologist
Henry ShrapnelHenry Shrapnel
03 June 1761
Inventor

Joseph BramahJoseph Bramah
13 April 1748
Civil engineer, Engineer

Carl Wilhelm SiemensCarl Wilhelm Siemens
04 April 1823
Electrical Engineer

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
03 May 1860
Inventor, Physiologist

Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes
29 December 1813
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer
Edward Craven WalkerEdward Craven Walker
04 July 1918
Inventor

Henry MaudslayHenry Maudslay
22 August 1771
Innovator

Hertha AyrtonHertha Ayrton
28 April 1854
Engineer

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal
10 May 1901
Physicist, Philosopher, Inventor, University
William WillettWilliam Willett
10 August 1856
Inventor

William LeeWilliam Lee
1563 AD
Inventor
John Nevil MaskelyneJohn Nevil Maskelyne
22 December 1839
Magician

Percivall PottPercivall Pott
06 January 1714
Surgeon

William SturgeonWilliam Sturgeon
22 May 1783
Physicist, Inventor
Philip AstleyPhilip Astley
08 January 1742
Equestrian

Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of WorcesterEdward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester
09 March 1602
Royal
Thomas EarnshawThomas Earnshaw
04 February 1749
Watchmaker

David Edward HughesDavid Edward Hughes
16 May 1831
Inventor

Keith CampbellKeith Campbell
23 May 1954
Biologist
Ebenezer KinnersleyEbenezer Kinnersley
30 November 1711
Scientist

Henry CortHenry Cort
1740 AD
Ironmaster
Sebastian Ziani de FerrantiSebastian Ziani de Ferranti
09 April 1864
Electrical engineer

Rookes Evelyn Bell CromptonRookes Evelyn Bell Crompton
31 May 1845
Electrical Engineer

Warren De la RueWarren De la Rue
15 January 1815
Astronomer

Wilson GreatbatchWilson Greatbatch
06 September 1919
Engineer, Inventor
James StarleyJames Starley
21 April 1830
Inventor
Edmund Clerihew BentleyEdmund Clerihew Bentley
10 July 1875
Novelist

Thomas HancockThomas Hancock
08 May 1786
inventor, engineer

Alexander Gordon LaingAlexander Gordon Laing
27 December 1794
Explorer

Goldsworthy GurneyGoldsworthy Gurney
14 February 1793
Surgeon
James B. FrancisJames B. Francis
18 May 1815
Civil engineer

Norman LockyerNorman Lockyer
17 May 1836
Astronomer

Percy PilcherPercy Pilcher
16 January 1866
Inventor

John ByromJohn Byrom
29 February 1692
Poet

Frederick Scott ArcherFrederick Scott Archer
1813 AD
Photographer
Benjamin HuntsmanBenjamin Huntsman
04 June 1704
Inventor

William NicholsonWilliam Nicholson
13 December 1753
Chemist and inventor
Harold RidleyHarold Ridley
10 July 1906
Ophthalmologist

Dugald ClerkDugald Clerk
31 March 1854
Engineer
Samuel HartlibSamuel Hartlib
1600 AD
Polymath
William Fothergill CookeWilliam Fothergill Cooke
04 May 1806
Inventor