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Timeline Of Historic Inventions

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1. Railway steam locomotive - Richard Trevithick






2. Anders Celsius develops the Centigrade temperature scale.






3. The electric light bulb was first patented in England by 1878 by Joseph Swan after having experimented since about 1850. Thomas Edison in the U.S. was working on improving the bulb patented by Swan and was granted a U.S. patent in 1879.






4. Gunpowder in Ancient China - Gunpowder was - according to prevailing academic consensus - discovered in the 9th century by Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir of immortality. Evidence of gunpowder's first use in China comes from the Five Dynas






5. Water wheel in Hellenistic kingdoms described by Philo of Byzantium (ca. 280






6. First use of nuclear power to produce electricity for households in Arco - Idaho






7. Papyrus paper invented by ancient Egyptians by interlocking the stems of the Papyrus plant in the lower Nile.






8. Brace in Flandres - Holy Roman Empire






9. Arc lamp - Humphry Davy (exact date unclear; not practical as a light source until generators)






10. Mariner's compass (wet compass) in Ancient China - The earliest recorded use of magnetized needle for navigational purposes at sea is found in Zhu Yu's book Pingzhou Table Talks of 1119 (written from 1111 to 1117). The typical Chinese navigational co






11. Crankshaft in Augusta Raurica - Roman Empire






12. A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or customized computer system that produces a video display signal which can be used with a display device (a television - monitor - etc.) to display a video game. The term 'video game con






13. Lateen sail in Roman Empire






14. Cloth woven from flax fiber






15. Turbine in Africa (province) - Roman Empire






16. Newspaper (Relation) - Johann Carolus in Strassburg - Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (see also List of the oldest newspapers)






17. The pattern-tracing lathe (actually more like a shaper) is completed by Thomas Blanchard for the U.S. Ordnance Dept. The lathe could copy symmetrical shapes and was used for making gun stocks - and later - ax handles. The lathe's patent was in force






18. Paddle wheel boat (in De rebus bellicis) in Roman Empire






19. Mechanization of papermaking (paper mill) in X






20. Buttress dam in Roman Empire






21. Watermill (grain mill) by Greek engineers in Eastern Mediterranean (see also List of ancient watermills)






22. Arch dam (Glanum Dam) in Gallia Narbonensis - Roman Republic (see also List of Roman dams)






23. The tank was invented by Ernest Swinton - although the British Royal Commission on Awards recognised a South Australian named Lance de Mole who had submitted a proposal to the British War Office - for a 'chain-rail vehicle which could be easily stee






24. World Wide Web by a British national in Geneva - Switzerland - The World Wide Web was first proposed on March 1989 by English engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee - now the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium. The project was pub






25. Pigments in Zambia






26. Spiral stairs (Temple A) in Selinunte - Sicily (see also List of ancient spiral stairs)






27. A CD-ROM (an acronym of 'Compact Disc Read-only memory') is a pre-pressed compact disc that contains data accessible to - but not writable by - a computer for data storage and music playback. The 1985






28. Mariner's compass (wet compass) in Ancient China - The earliest recorded use of magnetized needle for navigational purposes at sea is found in Zhu Yu's book Pingzhou Table Talks of 1119 (written from 1111 to 1117). The typical Chinese navigational co






29. Rebreather - Henry Fleuss was granted a patent for the first practical rebreather






30. Mechanization of papermaking (paper mill) in X






31. DVD is an optical disc storage format - invented and developed by Philips - Sony - Toshiba - and Panasonic in 1995. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than Compact Discs while having the same dimensions.






32. Arch-gravity dam (e.g. PuyForadado Dam or Kasserine Dam) in Roman Empire






33. Mariner's astrolabe on Portuguese circumnavigation of Africa






34. Banknote in Tang Dynasty China - The banknote was first developed in China during the Tang and Song dynasties - starting in the 7th century. Its roots were in merchant receipts of deposit during the Tang Dynasty (618






35. Waterway connecting two seas (Ancient Suez Canal) by Greek engineers under Ptolemy II (283






36. Numerical zero in Ancient India - The concept of zero as a number - and not merely a symbol for separation is attributed toIndia. In India - practical calculations were carried out using zero - which was treated like any other number by the 9th centu






37. Rebreather - Henry Fleuss was granted a patent for the first practical rebreather






38. Double-entry bookkeeping system codified by Luca Pacioli






39. Arch dam (Glanum Dam) in Gallia Narbonensis - Roman Republic (see also List of Roman dams)






40. Cast iron in Ancient China - Confirmed by archaeological evidence - the earliest cast iron was developed in China by the early 5th century BC during the Zhou Dynasty (1122






41. First use of nuclear power to produce electricity for households in Arco - Idaho






42. Three-masted ship (mizzen - on Syracusia) under Hiero II of Syracuse - Sicily






43. Bow






44. Movable type in Ancient China - The first record of a movable type system is in the Dream Pool Essays written in 1088 - which attributed the invention of the movable type to Bi Sheng. In the 15th century - Johannes Gutenberg independently invented th






45. Glue in Italy






46. Fire and then cooking






47. Twisted rope






48. The electric light bulb was first patented in England by 1878 by Joseph Swan after having experimented since about 1850. Thomas Edison in the U.S. was working on improving the bulb patented by Swan and was granted a U.S. patent in 1879.






49. Friction Match - John Walker






50. Co-creation of the integrated circuit by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce.