Stories of Inventors and Their Inventions

Introduce your kid to some great and famous inventions around the world

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We live in a world where we are surrounded by things that have made our lives easier. To name a few inventors and their inventions: Telephone by Graham Bell, Camera by Geroge Eastman, Radio by Guglielmo Marconi, and others. But in this busy schedule, when we take most of the things for granted, we hardly pause for a second to think about how this thing came into being and who the brains behind it were. We often use the phrase “Necessity is the mother of all inventions” but do you know a ton of the world inventions were actually accidental?

The inventions that changed the world on their head and became a part of our daily lives have often an interesting story to tell – a story that can be a great source of inspiration and is in itself an epitome of resilience, and of perseverance. These are the stories that can act as a guiding light for the young kids of today and encourage them to continue to pursue their dreams in the face of adversity. And that is what we are here to bring to you in our latest podcast “Inventopedia – Stories of Great Inventors and Their Inventions”

We talk about the facts, the circumstances, the accidents, the heartbreaks, and the “Eureka” moments when all the years of hard work came to fruition and sometimes resulting in big acknowledgments like Noble Prizes. So if you are a science buff like the team at Chimes Radio, quench your thirst with us, and let’s go on a journey around the world talking about some of the famous inventors and their inventions that changed the world.

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Stories of Inventors and Their Inventions

25 Famous Inventors & Great Inventions

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1. Who invented Chocolate?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, let us tell you about one of the great inventions of one thing which is loved and enjoyed by one and all, Chocolate. Let’s talk about famous inventors!

Originally found by people of Mayan Civilization, who drank it after boiling cocoa beans in water. Chocolate was turned into its present bar form after many modifications by Joseph Fry in 1847.

2. Who invented Airplane?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk one of the great inventions that deferred distances, and brought people together, The Airplane. Keeping their childhood toy in mind, and applying the concept of balancing, Wright Brothers invented the Airplane. Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

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3. Who invented the Locomotive Steam Engine?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions that had a key role in the Industrial Revolution. James Watt, while making his morning tea, realized the power of steam that forced the kettle lip to rise up, then he worked on making the Steam Locomotive Engine, which changed the world. Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

4. Who invented the Steam Engine?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk one of the great inventions that used the Power of Steam in various Industrial fields. Thomas Savery, invented the steam engine, after borrowing the idea from a normal kitchen pressure cooker. This invention later used high-pressure steam power to empty water from flooded coal mines. Isn’t that interesting? Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

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5. Who invented the Telephone?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions which led to real-time communication, the Telephone

A small game that involved a string and two tin cans, led to the invention of the Telephone, which connects us immediately with our loved ones. The telephone was an up-gradation from Telegraph, where graphic images were transmitted, in telephone sound was transmitted. It was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

6. Who invented the Radio?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions which in a way is connecting us to you.

Radio involved soundwaves to be received by a receiver and then reach our ears. Radio has been the oldest means of mass communication second only to News Papers. Listen in to know how this medium was invented by Guglielmo Marconi. Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

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7. Who invented the Camera?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions that help in making memories.

From using a low-quality camera which was quite rare, to have a good quality camera, change happened. Today cameras can be grasped in our hand as mobile cameras, and these things that capture memories have come a long way. The camera was invented by George Eastman. Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

8. Who invented the Television?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions that help in making memories.

Television, ever since its invention and availability as a medium of entertainment changed the entire world. This device has developed and upgraded a lot in phases and stages. Starting from John Baird’s first TV picture transmission, to the LEDs we watch today. Television has been phenomenal in showing us the world. Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

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9. Who invented the Search Engine?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions that help in making memories.

Search Engines have made life much more easier, as they give us answers to our questions by just pressing a few keys. Listen in to see how these search engines were invented and how they have evolved and developed over time. And also listen to know how Google has become synonymous with Search Engines.    Let’s keep talking about famous inventors!

10. Who invented the Calculator?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions that help in making memories.

Starting from Abacus which used beads to calculate, to mechanical calculators where manually the digits needed to be aligned for results, to the present day digital calculators, where we just have to press some keys. These mathematical accompaniments have come a long way. The calculator was invented by Curt Herzstark in 1930. Listen in to know-how was it invented, and how they evolved physically from a clumsy beads clad abacus plate to our smartphones which help us calculate on the go.

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11. Who invented Eyeglasses?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about one of the great inventions that help in proper vision.

Many of us wear eyeglasses or spectacles. With colorful frames, they look really smart on us. They are in fact a means to correct our visions. So starting from using glasses as magnifying glass, to using concave or convex lenses, to bifocal lenses, to sunglasses, to compact contact lenses. There have been many names who have worked on this invention, but major credit is given to Rodger Bacon, as he implemented the correct way of using lenses.

12. Who invented the Tie?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Tie.

The tie is a very formal attire. Many of us learn wearing it in right in school. Tie came into notice during 17th Century, worn by Croatian Soldiers, and known as La Cravate. Around 1800, King Edward VII gave it the name “Tie”, There were 32 different types of knots for this formal attire back in 1857. Jesse Langsdorf a Newyorker patented the tie. But even after that the tie evolved, and by 1985 there were 85 ways in which tie was knotted. Listen in to know more about this smart piece of formal attire.

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13. Who invented the Belt?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Belt.

In the last episode, we learned how Tie got its present form, in this episode, we will hear about how Belt did. The belt is much more than something that tightens the Pants and keeps them from loosening. An essential part of our school uniform, office attire, formal or casual wear. Starting in the Rose Era, belts were used to either hold the pants or as a means to hang weapons and pouches. Later it became a style statement. Listen in to know the evolution of this fashionable accessory.

14. Who invented Social Media?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Social Media.

Humans are also called Social Animals, we all love to socialize, meeting, influencing people. The basis of this is Communication. Modes of Communication evolved with time and according to how people Starting from Letters, going through Telegraphs came Telephone, which was a real-time mode. Then Computers came, and then came the Internet.

This mode was a breakthrough because sent messages in the blink of an eye. From e-mails to real-time chatting and various Social Networking sites, the world has now changed for the better. Learn about the mode of communications in this episode.

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15. Who invented Video Games?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Video Games.

Video Games have become quite popular during the Pandemic. Inability to send the children outside for playing physically, parents are bound to keep them home and to keep them engages, video games play an effective role. There are many gaming options at present times for children to use, but the very first attempt made in creating one was back in the 1950s. These video games were confined to science labs as experimental games only.

The very first video game was made by William Higginbotham, called Tennis for two. Later Video games went through many developments and became available to be played by people in the comfort of their homes. Listen in to know more about how they evolved and came to their present form.

16. Who invented Bicycles?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Bicycles.

The bicycle was invented in 1817 by Karl Von Drais and it was meant to be pushed with your own feet as it had no pedals. The next iteration of the cycle had pedals added to it but it had no brakes.

Then we saw Penny-Farthing cycles which started to become quite popular between the 1870s to 1880s. Finally, in 1885 and Englishman introduced the first safety cycle which took bicycle’s interest all over the world to another level altogether. 1894, Betty Bloomer’s cycles, was the first woman-first designed bicycle followed by in 1920 when the first kid’s focussed bicycle was introduced which ended up evolving into geared bicycles and mountain bikes too.

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17. Who invented Light Bulb?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Light Bulbs.

Light Bulb is commonly credited as the invention of Thomas Edison. But the work on the light bulb was started 35 years before him though the product design of Thoman Edison was what was practically useful. In 1802 Humphry Davy, was the first to detect light in carbon by using electricity which came to be known as Electic Arc Lamp. This was followed by several other variations but none of them were suitable for commercial usage. Till platinum filament was introduced in the bulb by British scientist Warren de la Rue.

Then in 1850, this concept was further improvised by  Joseph Wilson Swan by enclosing carbonized paper filaments in an evacuated glass bulb. But this design had a very short life span. In July 1874, Henry Woodward and his team got a patent for a new design but since they failed to commercialize their invention, it was sold to Thomas Edison. Finally, in 1878, Edison started his research on Light Bulbs using that patent as base and was able to successfully file a new design patent for light bulb on 4 Nov 1879, and began the era of light bulb’s commercialization.

18. Who invented Compass?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Compass.

We have a device called Compass which tells us about the directions N S E W. First Compass was invented 2000 years ago in Han Dynasty in China, where it was used for telling the future, and not for navigational purpose. Song dynasty in China used it for navigational purpose. 

After going through many changes, finally Sir William Thompson got the patent for Modern Compass in 1876. It was a basic compass, which was an answer to all the navigational problems.

Listen in to know more about how compass got its popular form.

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19. Who invented Pen?

In this episode of‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Pen.

Pen is Tongue of the Mind. When Papyrus was invented, pen was required to be made in around 3000 BC. Initially the pen were made of bamboo and fluids were filled in them to write. There were also feather pen, where feathers of birds were dipped in ink and then were used to write. 

The inspiration for present form of pen came into being in 1822, that was made by John Mitchell with the help of machine. 

A lot of improvements happened and Pen came to its present form. Listen in to know more

20. Who invented Paper?

In this episode of‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Paper.

In earlier times, written communication began with writing on walls, rocks and similar things, Then a need to write on something convenient for easier communication lead to invention of paper. 

Papyrus and Parchment surface was used earlier for writing and then paper was invented in China by a court official by the name of Cai Lun

Later this technique was spread in various West Asian Countries, which took them to Europe through sea route. First paper of the world mill was made in Spain. And the rest is history!!! 

21. Who invented Tea?

In this episode of‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Tea.

Tea is the most popular of all drinks in the modern civilized society. Nowadays, some people can go without food but they cannot go without a morning cup of tea. It is made from the leaves of the tea plant. Tea grows in China, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Ceylon, and some other countries.

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22. Who invented Clocks?

In this episode of‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Clocks.

According to historical records and archaeological finds the first clocks were developed by the Ancient Egyptians. Called Shadow Clocks, they were able to divide the day into 12-hour periods and used some of their enormous obelisks to track the movement of the sun.  Candle Clocks were another ancient timekeeping device that was used widely around the world from China to England and Mesopotamia.

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23. Who invented Mirror?

In this episode of‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Mirror.

The silvered-glass mirrors found throughout the world today first got their start in Germany almost 200 years ago. In 1835, German chemist Justus von Liebig developed a process for applying a thin layer of metallic silver to one side of a pane of clear glass.

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24. Who invented Computer?

In this episode of ‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Computer.

Computers, love them or hate them, we rely on them every day.  But, have you ever stopped to think about who invented computers and how they came to dominate our lives? So who invented the first computer? Computer was first invented by Charles Babbage.

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25. Who invented Washing machine?

In this episode of‘Inventopedia, Stories of Inventors and their Inventions’, we will talk about the invention of Washing Machine.

A washing machine is  machine that washes dirty clothes. It contains a barrel into which the clothes are placed. This barrel is filled with water, and then rotated very quickly to make the water remove dirt from the clothes.

But washing machine has its own story of evolution, Earlier, People had to heat water on a stove and then scrub clothes on a washboard.  Listen to the podcast to know the story of Washing Machine.

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