Today, we will concentrate on Scottish Inventions and Pioneers
Scottish inventions date from as early as the 1700’s. Here are just a few. Some of these are in use every day of our lives.
James Braid published a book on Hypnosis in 1743. He is regarded as the “Father of Hypnosis.” The word hypnosis is from the Greek God Of Sleep, Hypnos.
I must include Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone. He also invented hydrofoils, the iron lung and the record player, known originally as the phonograph.
Sri Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin while researching the flu virus. While not really an invention in the true sense of the word, this was an important discovery for the entire world.
Sir James Young Simpson was a pioneer of anaesthesia and was the first to use in childbirth. He was fiercely opposed to this by both his peers and the politicians of the day. He lived from 1811 till 1870.
How about Sir Patrick Manson? He discovered that malaria was transmitted by mozzies. His efforts in the study of tropical diseases led to the London School Of Tropical Medicine being opened.
John Logie Baird, from Dumbarton, invented television in 1926. He was also highly involved in the invention of Radar during the Second World War.
Sir James Dewar was the inventor of the smokeless gunpowder, cordite. Plus something that made the working mans lunch much more enjoyable. The vacuum flask.
Reverend Alexander John Forsyth invented the percussion cap which replaced flintlocks for firing pistols and rifles.
Of course, there is the tarmac that we drive and walk on daily, Invented by John McAdam, a Scottish surveyor who built and managed roads.
Then we have the plastic mac or raincoat invented by Charles Mackintosh. He lived from 1799 till 1843.
I mentioned John Logie Baird earlier who was involved with the invention of radar. The man who truly invented it was Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt. The word RADAR is an acronym for Radio Detection And Ranging system.
I found these facts interesting. I hope you did too.
Today, in 1969, Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean successfully completing the first manned mission that landed on the Moon.