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Victorian Inventions and Inventors. Key Discoverers and Discoveries

The following are the inventors who contributed in bringing about radical changes in the Victorian England.

Alexander Graham Bell (1842-1922) invented the telephone. He realized that it was possible to transmit human voice over a wire with the help of electricity. The first human communication over a telephone was recorded in 1876.

Samuel Morse invented the telegraph wherein a system of dots and dashes were used to represent letters.

Joseph Wilson Swan was responsible for inventing incandescent light bulb in 1878.

Thomas Edison was responsible for designing the first modern light bulb using incandescent filament in an empty glass bulb having a screw base.

Issac Merritt Singer invented the automatic feeding of the cloth to the existing sewing machine.

Thomas Cooper was a plumber who made the flush toilets very popular and brought about some essential changes in relation to the flush toilets.

John Boyd Dunlop is credited with inventing the first pneumatic tire in 1887.

Sir Charles Wheatstone was a scientist and is mostly remembered for his assistance in creating the Wheatstone bridge. In 1840, Wheatstone invented stereographic imaging and in 1844 was credited with inventing the Concertina an instrument analogous to a harmonica.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) was an eminent engineer popular for his creation of the Great Western Railway, for building bridges in London, the most popular being the Windsor Railway Bridge and importantly for designing the longest ship during the 19th century called the Great Eastern. Isambard revolutionized the engineering field by his innovative designs. He was the pioneer of modern day engineering.

Alexander Parkes was credited with inventing the first man-made plastic in England in 1856. He also patented the process of de-silvering lead which was an inexpensive technique.

George Stephenson was a mechanical engineer and also known as Father of Railway. He was responsible for the first railway that was used by commoners for traveling. He even invented the rail gauge which was known as Stephenson gauge.

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