British inventions that changed the world


As part of our #InventionSeries we continue with the British inventions that changed the world. For previous posts click here.

The Britons have massively contributed towards the level of progress in the world and are definitely to thank for when it comes to the following inventions:

  1. Chocolate

Chocolate didn’t exactly change the world but became the favourite treat of many people from children to adults. It was first developed by the Quaker Fry family who were in the cocoa selling business when the idea of having chocolate as a bar was born. After going though several rename stages the company finally became J.S. Fry & Sons and produced the first chocolate bar in the world. It later merged with Cadbury and has lost its operational independence in 1967.

  1. All the techy things

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TV, World Wide Web, telephone – all of these essential to our lives items were invented by British scientists. John Logie Baird made a huge step towards the modern day television when he first showed his invention to the Royal Institution in 1926. Initially it could only show a 30 line scanned picture at 5 frames per second but he later improved it to 12.5 frames per second. Another British inventor, Tim Berners Lee, thought of a concept of WWW back he was still attending Oxford and later when he was employed by CERN he finally put his thoughts on paper and made a proposition to his management. Alexander Graham Bell takes us to the late 19th century when using the already existing telegraph technology he finally developed a harmonic telegraph, which later led to the creation of a telephone as we know it.

  1. English language

You cannot obviously attribute English language to one single person who invented it but it is still one of the most influential British inventions. English is the second most-spoken language in the world after Mandarin and is usually used in most global events and meetings.

  1. Newton’s laws

If you haven’t been skipping physics classes in school you must remember studying Newton’s laws. To this day Isaac Newton is considered one of the greatest and most important scientists in history and his discoveries still influence modern physics.

  1. Jet engine

Frank Whittle, a British scientist and a member of the British Royal Air Force, started thinking and working on the jet engine back in the beginning of the 1900s . His ideas were initially rejected by the Air Ministry but they quickly realised their mistake when the WWII began. Initially developing the jet engine for the military purposes, its potential lied much further than that and has led to the massive developments in the travel and transport industries.

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