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posted 25 Mar 2011, 04:05 by Jan Kiernan   [ updated 25 Mar 2011, 04:05 ]
In history we have been learning about inventors through the ages. We all chose one inventor to research.  This is what we learned.
Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming was born on the 6th of August 1881. He was a Scottish inventor who invented penicillin.
One day while he was working with some bacteria his nose leaked and some mucus dropped on to the bacteria. Suddenly the bacteria disappeared. Alexander Fleming had just discovered that tears and nose mucus kills bacteria in your body. Alexander died on the 11th of March 1995. Penicillin was a great success and it is used a lot every year. Since it was invented in 1928 it has been turned into tablets!

Katie Reynolds

 Henry Ford

Henry Ford was born in America on July 30, 1863. He died on April 7, 1947 aged 83.Although he was born in America both of his parents were from Cork. In 1891 Henry Ford was working in the Edison illuminating company which was owned by Tomas Edison who was Henry’s boss. After working there a while Henry got promoted to chief engineer. Then he worked with engineering and he invented the Ford car. The first thing he invented was the Quadricyle in 1896.His invention was a great success and is used all over the world today.

Jennifer Mulcahy

James Naismith

James Naismith was born in November 6th, 1861. He was an inventor from Canada, who invented basketball. He invented basketball by getting a peach basket and an iron hoop and a soccer ball but after a while he replaced the peach basket with a hammock basket. Sadly James Naismith is no longer alive. Basketball was a great success and it still is but they changed the rules even though James wrote the first rule book of basketball.

Lauryn Lyne

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was born on the 15th of April 1442.He died on the May 1519 aged 67. He was Italian. He invented the helicopter. He described it as an aerial screw. He discovered it from Chinese children’s toys. They had two blades and when you spun them fast they would shoot up into the air. It was also the first design for vertical flight. He invented it in the early 1480s. It was a success and it has been modified by motors and it needs fuel to run the engine.

Kevin Cussen

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed steel bridges and also ships. He was born in March 1806 and he lived in England. He designed the Viaduct Bridge in Waterfall. He made loads of ships.

Christopher Hennessy

Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi was born in 1874 and died in 1937. He was Irish Italian.

He invented the first radio in 1895. It was a huge success. It is used today all over the world. It has been modified in many ways, for example different colours, more channels and the radio was designed for only communicating but now we use it for music, competitions, advertisement and news and talk shows. Now the radios come in all different sizes, big, round, hand held radios and small sizes. There are now DJs on the radio too.

Shauna Mahon

The Wright Brothers

The Wight brothers invented the plane! Their names were Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright. Wilbur was born on the 16th of April 1867 and later died on the 30th of May 1912. Orville (the younger brother) was born on the 19th of August 1871 and died on the 30th January 1948. The brothers did not receive a High School diploma. As young boys they had flown kites and their father had given them a helicopter (design) which gave them an interest in flight.

In 1903 they had made their first “heavier than air” plane. The engine weighed 170 pounds. The first flight took place in Kitty Hawk N.C in 1908. The first flight reached about 120 feet in 12 seconds. The flight that reached the highest reached 852 feet in 59 seconds. They called this the “heavier than air flight”.

Sadhbh Ní Cheallacháin

Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane in 1903. Orville was born on the 19th of August in 1871 and Wilbur was born on the 16th of April 1867. Wilbur died on the 30th of May in 1912 and Orville died on the30th of January in 1948. Before they made the plane they studied birds and how they flew. They also contacted people who wanted to fly. Then they drew the parts for the plane and put it together. The first flight only lasted for 12 seconds.

Grace O Mahony

Orville and Wilbur Wright were two brothers and they invented the plane. Orville was born in August 19, 1871 and Wilbur was born in April 30 1867. They are not alive today. Wilbur died in May 30, 1912. They invented the plane by drawing out a graph of the plane, then they made a glider and put a engine on it. They did not test it until May 14, 1903. It was a big success and it went worldwide. It is used to day and has been modified.

Daniel O Mahony

Wilbur Wright was born on the 16th of April 1867 in Indiana U.S.A. His brother Orville Wright was born on the 19th of August 1871 in Ohio U.S.A. The brothers did not get good grades in High school but still they became famous inventors.
They invented the plane in 1903 and it has been modified since then. For example most planes now are jet planes but back then they were propeller planes. The first flight was 12 seconds long and 120 feet in distance.
Orville Wright died on January 30th 1948 from a heart attack. Wilbur Wright died on May 30th 1912 from typhoid fever.

Sarah Kelsey

In 1903 the US army tried to build an airplane in1903, but they didn’t succeed .In a statement the New York times said “It would take one million to ten million years to build an airplane.” Eight days later two brothers called Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville (1871-1948) Wright proved them wrong by flying the first ever propeller powered plane. It stayed in the air for twelve seconds. This record was made at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December the 17th, 1903. Only about five people witnessed it and very few papers wrote about. The first plane they manufactured cost them less than $15 to build. They continued to modify their plane and five years later they broke another record when Orville flew in the air for one hour and two minutes.

Dáire Brady

Whitcomb L. Judson

Whitcomb L. Judson was born in March 1844 in New York. He died almost hundred years ago. In 1890 Whitcomb invented the Zipper that we use nearly every day. The zip locker was a complicated hook and eye fastener with rows of hooks and eyes run by a metal guide for opening and closing. It wasn’t a success at first but he soon got the hang of it. It is still used today in our daily lives. We use it in our pencil cases, our jackets and our bags.

Edel Crowley

Sir John Harrington

Sir John Harrington invented the first flushing toilet. He was born in 1561 and he died in 1612. He was born in England. John invented the toilet because he wanted to improve the smelly sewers. He invented it in 1596. It was a success and that is why it is still used today. It has been modified.

Rachel Cronin

Edwin Binney & Harold Smith

Edwin Binney and Harold Smith were cousins. Edwin was born in 1866 and died in 1934 aged 68. Edwin and Harold invented Crayola- markers, colouring pencils, chalk and crayons.

By mixing old slate waste, cement and talc they invented the first dustless, white chalk. That was in 1903. It was a success. It has been modified as there are now gel pens, play dough and other things. People use these things a lot today.

Kate Crowley

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was born on the 11th February, 1847.He was American. He died on the 18th October, 1931.He invented the light bulb. He got a carbonized sewing thread and lit it then he put it in a glass dome. It lit for thirteen and a half hours. It was a big success. The light bulb has been modified, it now it lasts longer and comes in different glass shapes.
Anne Marie Leahy

Edison was born on the 11th of February 1847,in Ohio, and he died on the 18th of October 1931. He invented the phonograph. Edison figured he could store sound on tinfoil-coated cylinders. With this theory he invented the phonograph in 1877. The device had two needles, one for recording and one for playback. The first words he spoke into the mouthpiece were “Mary had a little lamb”. He was amazed when it played it back to him. The phonograph became a very successful machine. It was so successful that it is used today in a multitude of devices thanks to modifications that made it smaller. It is used in things like CDs, watches and certain books.
David McMahon

Sir James Dyson

Sir James Dyson invented the first bagless hoover. James was born on 2nd May 1947, in Norfolk in England. He is now in his early sixties. One day he was vacuuming in his country house. He was annoyed when his top of the range hoover got clogged. He stumbled across the idea of a bagless hoover. Within a few years he manufactured the new Dyson Hoover. He had it patented in Japan. Now the Dyson hoover is the most popular hoover in the world. The price varies from four hundred to three hundred euro.

Daire Cullinane

James Dyson was born on the 2nd of May 1947, in Britain. He is now 63 years old. He invented a collection of great masterpieces, including the Ballbarrow, Dyson Hoover (bag-less Hoover), a new renovated Wheel Boat and the Dyson Airblade. The reason he invented the bag-less Hoover was because he was frustrated as his normal Hoover kept on clogging. Dyson used cyclones in his Hoover, to create a whirlpool tornado-like effect full of dust. He invented it in the late 1970s. At first it wasn’t a success. No manufacturer in Britain wanted to launch the Hoover. So Dyson brought it to Japan. In Japan it was a great success and James brought it back to Britain. It is still used today. James Dyson has bought out 33 different types of Hoovers, each with a different feature.

Máiréad Tyers

Steve Paul Jobs

Steve Paul Jobs was born on the 24 of February 1955.He is55 years old He invented the Apple computer. He was born in San Francisco .Apple is now a huge success from computers to lap tops, iphones and more other creations. It has been modified so many times.

Katie O Connor

Ferdinand Verbiest

Ferdinand Verbiest was born on the ninth of October 1623. He was from Belgium. He invented the first ever car. He invented it when he was making a toy for the Chinese Emperor. He invented it in 1672. It was a huge success. It is used today and most people in world have a car. The car has been modified by many people and companies over many years.

Kevin Lynch

Georges De Mestral

Georges de Mestral was the man who invented Velcro. He was born on the 19th of June, 1907, in Switzerland. He died eighty-three years later, on the 8th of February 1990. He found that there were hundreds of hooks on a seed, which helped stick to things. He looked at this under a microscope. He started to invent Velcro in the year 1948. Then he patented it in the year 1955.Velcro was not renewed or modified. Velcro is still used world-wide today.

Aoife Brooks