The Watch Inventor

2 January, 2010

What was it like living before there were watches to give you the time? Most people relied on sun dials. But, what happened when it was raining, or in winter when the sun did not shine? Clearly, time had a different meaning than it does today, where we organize things by minutes and seconds. That is what interested me in my search for amazing people who gave us great inventions….

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Who Invented The Phone?

28 December, 2009

While writing a book on Amazing Entrepreneurs, I came across the great debate on who invented the first phone. I had been taught that it was Alexander Graham Bell. I was therefore surprised to find out that Antonio Meucci, an Italian, claimed the credit. However, he was too poor to register his patent and Bell beat him to it. Well was it true? According to Antonio, he had shown some…

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Apple Mac, PCs and Charles Babbage

23 December, 2009

It is only 25 years ago that the first Apple Computer went on sale. It came 8 years after Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold their first their first computer circuit board. In between, the IBM – PC machine was marketed in 1981. I remember buying a Sinclair  ZX81, albeit for my son to use. I never thought  that I would have learn how to type – after all we…

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Harrison’s Great Food Idea

21 December, 2009

James Harrison was not a farmer or a chef, but he changed the way we eat. In 1837, he emigrated from Scotland to Australia. On arrival, he noticed that food soon deteriorated under the fierce sun that beat down on his new homeland. After doing various jobs, including being a journalist and a politician, he focused on a new challenge. How to preserve food that would otherwise rot away if…

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Richard Pearse beats Wright Brothers

19 December, 2009

c Have you heard of Richard Pearse? If not, read on as you may be surprised. I was when I learned that he had flown a plane before the Wright Brothers. The picture shows a replica of his plane on a monument. While looking for amazing people, I came across Richard’s name. He lived in the South Island of New Zealand. An engineer by profession, in his spare time he…

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Thomas Edison or Bill Gates?

9 December, 2009

On a visit to Florida, I saw a sign inviting me to visit the home of Thomas Edison. Out of curiousity, I followed it and found a veritable treasure house. It was where Thomas Edison the great inventor resided during the winter months and thought up his great ideas. In all he registered 1093 patents including those for the electric light bulb, a machine to play music, a camera for…

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