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Timeline Of Historic Inventions

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1. 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.






2. Pendentive dome (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople - Eastern Roman Empire






3. High pressure steam engine - Richard Trevithick and Oliver Evans - independently






4. Brace in Flandres - Holy Roman Empire






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






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






7. Jacquard loom (loom controlled by punched card) - Joseph Marie Jacquard






8. Mechanization of papermaking (paper mill) in X






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






10. James Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny.






11. Friction Match - John Walker






12. Bow






13. Spears in Germany






14. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invents the alcohol thermometer.






15. Turbine in Africa (province) - Roman Empire






16. Anders Celsius develops the Centigrade temperature scale.






17. Wind power in an open air stream is thus proportional to the third power of the wind speed; the available power increases eightfold when the wind speed doubles. Wind turbines for grid electricity therefore need to be especially efficient at greater w






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






19. 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






20. Floating crane in Rhineland - Holy Roman Empire






21. Fire and then cooking






22. Turbine in Africa (province) - Roman Empire






23. 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.






24. 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






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






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






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






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. Segmental arch bridge (e.g. Pont-Saint-Martin or Ponte San Lorenzo) in Italy - Roman Republic






30. Eyeglasses in Italy






31. Greek fire in Constantinople - Byzantine Empire- Greek fire - an incendiary weapon likely based on petroleum or naphtha - was invented by Kallinikos - a Greek refugee to Constantinople - as described by Theophanes. However - the historicity and exact






32. 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






33. Greek fire in Constantinople - Byzantine Empire- Greek fire - an incendiary weapon likely based on petroleum or naphtha - was invented by Kallinikos - a Greek refugee to Constantinople - as described by Theophanes. However - the historicity and exact






34. Catapult in Ancient Greece (incl. Sicily)






35. Crankshaft in Augusta Raurica - Roman Empire






36. Twisted rope






37. Crossbow in Ancient China and Ancient Greece - In Ancient China - the earliest evidence of bronze crossbow bolts dates as early as mid-5th century BC in Yutaishan - Hubei.In Ancient Greece - the terminus ante quem of the gastraphetes is 421 BC.






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






39. Crank motion (rotary quern) in Celtiberian Spain






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






41. Canal lock (possibly pound lock) in Ancient Suez Canal under Ptolemy II (283






42. Morphine in Paderborn - Germany - Morphine was discovered as the first active alkaloid extracted from the opium poppy plant in December 1804 by Friedrich Sert






43. 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.






44. Pointed arch bridge (Karamagara Bridge) in Cappadocia - Eastern Roman Empire






45. Morphine in Paderborn - Germany - Morphine was discovered as the first active alkaloid extracted from the opium poppy plant in December 1804 by Friedrich Sert






46. Floating crane in Rhineland - Holy Roman Empire






47. Crankshaft in Augusta Raurica - Roman Empire






48. Thomas Newcomen builds the first steam engine to pump water out of mines. Newcomen's engine - unlike Thomas Savery's - used a piston.






49. 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






50. Mariner's astrolabe on Portuguese circumnavigation of Africa