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Industrial Revolution Inventions Timeline – 1712-1942

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Industrial Revolution Inventions Timeline – 1712-1942

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JKingston's curator insight, September 26, 2013 5:14 AM

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1712 – Thomas Newcomen patents the atmospheric steam engine


1764 – James Hargreaves invents the spinning jenny

1768 – Richard Arkwright patents the spinning frame

1769 – James Watt invents an improved steam engine

1774 – Georges Louis Lesage patents the electric telegraph

1775 – Jacques Perrier invents a steamship

1776 – David Bushnell invents a submarine

1780 – Gervinus invents the circular saw

1783 – Benjamin Hanks patents the self-winding clock; Englishmen, Henry 

Philadelphia for a machine that roves and spins cotton

1791 – John Barber invents the gas turbine; Early bicycles invented in Scotland

1794 – Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin; Welshmen, Philip Vaughan invents ball bearings

1797 – Wittemore patents a carding machine; A British inventor, Henry Maudslay invents the first metal or precision lathe

1799 – Alessandro Volta invents the battery; Louis Robert invents the Fourdrinier Machine for sheet paper making


1804 – Richard Trevithick, an English mining engineer, developed the first steam-powered locomotive

1809 – Humphry Davy invents the first electric light – the first arc lamp

Nicéphore Niépce was the first person to take a photograph


1829 – American, W.A. Burt invents a typewriter

1830 – Frenchmen, Barthelemy Thimonnier invents a sewing machine



1836 – Francis Pettit Smith and John Ericcson co-invent the propeller; Samuel Colt invented the first revolver

1837 – Samuel Morse invents the telegraph

1839 – American, Charles Goodyear invents rubber vulcanization; Frenchmen, Louis Daguerre and J.N. Niepce co-invent Daguerreotype photography; Kirkpatrick Macmillan invents a bicycle; Welshmen, Sir William Robert Grove conceives of the first hydrogen fuel cell


1850 – Joel Houghton was granted the first patent for a dishwasher


1852 – Henri Giffard builds an airship powered by the first aircraft engine – an unsuccessful design


1854 – John Tyndall demonstrates the principles of fiber optics

1855 – Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor; Georges Audemars invents rayon

1858 – Hamilton Smith patents the rotary washing machine; Jean Lenoir invents an internal combustion engine

1862 – Richard Gatling patents the machine gun; Alexander Parkes invents the first man-made plastic

1866 – Alfred Nobel invents dynamite; Englishmen Robert Whitehead invents a torpedo


1868 – Robert Mushet invents tungsten steel; J P Knight invents traffic lights

1873 – Joseph Glidden invents barbed wire

1874 – American, C. Goodyear, Jr. invents the shoe welt stitcher

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone; Nicolaus August Otto invents the first practical four-stroke internal combustion engine; Melville Bissell patents the carpet sweeper

1877 – Thomas Edison invents the cylinder phonograph or tin foil phonograph; Eadweard Muybridge invents the first moving pictures

1881 – Alexander Graham Bell invents the first crude metal detector; David Houston patents the roll film for cameras; 

 Charles Parson patents the steam turbine

1885 – Harim Maxim invents the machine gun; Karl Benz invents the first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine; Gottlieb Daimler invents the first gas-engined motorcycle

1886 – Josephine Cochrane invents the dishwasher; Gottlieb Daimler builds the world’s first four-wheeled motor vehicle

1891 – Jesse W. Reno invents the escalator


1892 – Rudolf Diesel invents the diesel-fueled internal combustion engine

1895 – Lumiere Brothers invent a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe. Lumiere Brothers using their Cinematographe are the first to present a projected motion picture to an audience of more that one person

1898 – Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster; Rudolf Diesel receives patent #608,845 for an “internal combustion engine” the Diesel engine


1900 – The zeppelin invented by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

1901 – The first radio receiver, successfully received a radio transmission

1902 – Willis Carrier invents the air conditioner

1903 – Bottle-making machinery invented by Michael J. Owens; The Wright brothers invent the first gas motored and manned airplane; William Coolidge invents ductile tungsten used in light bulbs

1904 – Benjamin Holt invents a tractor; John A Fleming invents a vacuum diode or Fleming valve


1907 – Leo Baekeland invents the first synthetic plastic called Bakelite; Color photography invented by Auguste and Louis Lumiere; The very first piloted helicopter was invented by Paul Cornu


1908 – Cellophane invented by Jacques E. Brandenberger; Model T first sold

1910 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first talking motion picture; Georges Claude displayed the first neon lamp to the public on December 11, 1910, in Paris


1928 – Jacob Schick patented the electric shaver

1930 – Wallace Carothers and DuPont Labs invents neoprene;  Frank Whittle and Dr Hans von Ohain both invent a jet engine

1931 – Germans Max Knott and Ernst Ruska co-invent the electron microscope

1932 – Karl Jansky invents the radio telescope

1934 – Joseph Begun invents the first tape recorder for broadcasting – first magnetic recording

1935 – Wallace Carothers and DuPont Labs invents nylon ( polymer 6.6.); Robert Watson-Watt patented radar

1936 – Bell Labs invents the voice recognition machine; Samuel Colt patents the Colt revolver

1937 – Chester F. Carlson invents the photocopier; The first jet engine is built

1938 – Roy J. Plunkett invented tetrafluoroethylene polymers or Teflon

1939 – Igor Sikorsky invents the first successful helicopter

1941 – Konrad Zuse’s Z3, the first computer controlled by software; Enrico Fermi invents the neutronic reactor

1942 – John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry built the first electronic digital computer

Beginning of the Information Age…



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