British inventions made between 1750 and 1900 include the centrifugal governor, the Charlotte Dundas steamboat, the steam locomotive, the photographic camera and Marconi's wireless communication. The time between 1750 and 1900 in Britain witnessed both the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Era.Continue Reading
One of the most notable British inventions between 1750 and 1900 was the Centrifugal governor, which James Watt invented in 1788. The purpose of a centrifugal governor was to regulate the amount and speed of steam into the cylinders of an engine.
The first practical steamboat, made by William Symington, was put to the test in March 1802. However, perhaps the most notable of British inventions was the steam locomotive, invented by Richard Trevithick and based on the steam-powered engine developed by James Watt. The first passenger steam locomotive, "The Puffing Devil," was tested on Dec. 24, 1801. Three years later, Richard Trevithick developed the first passenger steam locomotive to run on a track. For this reason, although he died in poverty, Richard Trevithick is considered one of the most notable figures of the Industrial Revolution.
Finally, Guglielmo Marconi's wireless telegraph system, which he developed in 1896, marked one of the last great British inventions between 1750 and 1900.Learn more about Inventions
Guglielmo Marconi, an engineer by training, receives credit for making the first functional radio. Marconi was born on April 25, 1874, in Bologna, Italy. He spent his childhood years living comfortably in Italy with his father and mother.Full Answer >
Guglielmo Marconi is credited with inventing the first radio. Marconi achieved this feat with no formal education. Still a young man when he initially previewed his invention, his parents moved the entire family from Italy to England for a greater potential for success.Full Answer >
The transcontinental railroad was not invented by a single person, but was rather the culmination of various inventions, such as the steam locomotive. The transcontinental railroad was chartered as part of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862, and construction was commissioned to the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Central companies.Full Answer >
The invention of the steamboat, in the early 1800s, dramatically changed society as steamboats were the first means of travelling upstream. The steamboat led to the creation of new towns and stimulated the economy.Full Answer >