World Inventor Day

This Sunday is World inventor day! Considering the great minds that have lived and studied in Cambridge, such as Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Byron and Charles Darwin, it is no surprise that there have been some incredible things invented in Cambridge. Here are 5 of the best:

  1. Webcam (1991)

The most recent invention on the list, the webcam was invented by researchers working in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. Like any office workers they would stop for coffee breaks at regular intervals, however they grew frustrated as they would often find the coffee pot, which was a fair walk away from them, to be empty. So the researchers invented a webcam to face the coffee pot so that they could see if they pot was empty from their office. I think we could do with one of those in our office.

  1. The rules of football (1848)

Football was a very different game before 1848, it involved rules such as player          being allowed to carry the ball and physically tackle other players, similar to rugby. This all changed in 1848 when a group of Cambridge University students came together to create a set of 11 rules. You can read what these rules on our websites blog here: https://cambridgeseminarscollege.co.uk/blog/the-origin-of-modern-football/

  1. The first graphical computer game (1952)

Similar noughts and crosses, ‘OXO’ was created by Sandy Douglas at the University of Cambridge. You can watch a video of the game being played here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rUmdhRPsR8

  1. Thermos Flask (1892)

The thermos flask was invented by Sir James Dewar who was a professor of Natural Experimental Philosophy in the University of Cambridge, the flask is sometimes referred to as the Dewar flask in his honour. The design was changed into a commercial item, much similar to the household item that we know today by German glassblowers Reinhold Burger and Albert Achenbrenner, who discovered that the invention could be used to keep warm liquid warm and cold liquid cold.

  1. Reflecting Telescope (1688)

Sir Issac Newton was responsible for many inventions, one of which was the reflecting telescope. The telescope was based on his correct theory that white light was composed of a spectrum of colours. In 1672 the telescope was shown to Charles II by the Royal Society which lead to Newton’s admittance into the society.

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