India By Dinyar Patel Historian 14 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-48905151 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel His countrymen hailed him as the "Indian Edison" after the famed American inventor. International investors … [Read more...] about The forgotten Indian inventor who dazzled London
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This month will mark 250 years since the patent for James Watt’s separate steam condenser was issued. A Scottish engineer and inventor who changed the world, August is also the bicentenary of his death. So Historic Environment Scotland has co-ordinated a year of events to celebrate the man who powered the industrial revolution.In Watt’s native Scotland, museums, galleries and professional bodies will all be marking the year. And a website – jameswatt.scot – has been launched to promote the events and highlight Watt’s many achievements.His success was so great that a unit of power was named after Watt in his honour – and every light bulb in the world bears his initial. But this year will give people a chance to learn even more, with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) leading the way.Dr Miles Oglethorpe, HES head of industrial heritage, said: “Our partners are working on lots of activities to celebrate Watt and his achievements. … [Read more...] about Celebrating the genius of Scottish inventor James Watt in 2019
Ramūnas Bogdanas, EN.DELFI The first electrical lamp in Lithuania was lit on April 17, 1892 in the morning in Rietavas. Only 13 years had passed since it had been invented. Duke Bogdanas Oginskis was familiar with his fellow countrymen in Rietavas, thus the day was chosen so as to prevent the emergence of rumours about devil’s trickery, which could have ruined the electrification of the lumber mill. April 17 was Easter morning and the lamp was lit at church. With the help of God, the fear of the devil was shut out. Starting from a cow Another scientific achievement – vaccination – cannot boast of such easy adoption. Edward Jenner is viewed as its inventor, having presented a study to London’s Royal Society in 1796 how 13 individuals were safe from smallpox because they had earlier been infected by cow smallpox. Nowadays, E. Jenner would likely be jailed for his experiments, but back then no one condemned his actions. After noticing that a woman, who milked … [Read more...] about Fear of vaccination lives on since the 19th century
A COUPLE are seeking permission to demolish and rebuild their historic riverside home after it was gutted in a fire. Louise and Benedict Warner, who own The Boathouse, off High Street, Goring, say their insurers have condemned the 19th-century property as structurally unsafe after the blaze on March 2 last year. The fire broke out in a thatched roof at the southern end of the timber-framed building and quickly spread throughout until flames could be seen from as far away as Didcot. Passers-by called 999 and at least seven crews from across Oxfordshire and Berkshire worked throughout the night to contain it. They spent much of the following day cooling the debris with water to stop it reigniting. One wing of the five-bedroom house was almost entirely destroyed while supporting elements like joists and rafters were weakened by the flames and water damage. Initially it was hoped that the property had been saved but it was then deemed … [Read more...] about Couple want to rebuild house destroyed in blaze
HE'S been hanging around the same Wick pub for 16 years, but it's recently come to light that he's not the man he's claimed to be.An eagle-eyed Watten resident has noted that the portrait of Alexander Bain seen outside the JD Wetherspoon in Market Square is not the renowned inventor, but someone else.Has "anyone ever noticed that the portrait on the sign for Wetherspoon's isn’t that of Alexander Bain... but instead that of a Scottish philosopher by the same name?" asks Watten resident Fiona Gunn.The pub chain routinely names its pubs after significant local people and the 19th century Watten inventor was deemed eminent enough to lend his name to their new Wick pub when it opened in 2003.The fact Fiona is not only from Watten but lives in Houstry, close to the same house where the great inventor was born, no doubt gives her some insider knowledge on Alexander.Bain was born in 1810 and despite being credited as inventor of the electric clock and an early version of the fax machine … [Read more...] about Can you clock the real Alexander?