Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Canadian, Eh?

A student once asked me if there were any inventions by Canadians, and I could list off a handful of neat facts to boast. This question prompted me to further investigate the inventions of fellow Canadians. (I also got into an argument with a friend from Oregon a few years ago, which sort of prompted my research as well. He told me basketball was American and I said it was Canadian. Likewise for Lacrosse, the telephone, Smarties, and a few other things).

Made In Canada - Canadian Inventors and Inventions
Mary Bellis
The history of invention in Canada has followed a long and noble path. Canadian inventors have patented more than one million inventions, yet few people can name more than one or two Canadian inventors or any Canadian accomplishments.
"Our innovators have given novelty, variety, and colour to our lives with their great practical gifts, and the world would be an exceedingly boring and grey place without their vitality." - author Roy Mayer from his book Inventing CanadaCanadian InventionsOnly a small percentage of the great inventions invented by Canadian inventors are listed below.
5 Pin Bowling ...a truly Canadian sport invented by T.E. Ryan of Toronto in 1909
Able Walker ...the walker was patented by Norm Rolston in 1986
Access Bar ...patented food bar designed to help burn fat by
Dr Larry Wang
Air-Conditioned Railway Coach ...invented by Henry Ruttan in 1858
Abdominizer ...the infomercial exercise darling invented by Dennis Colonello in 1984
AC Radio Tube ..invented by Edward Samuels Rogers in 1925
Acetylene ...Thomas L. Wilson invented the production process in 1892
Acetylene Buoy ...invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1904
Agrifoam Crop Cold Protector ...co-invented in 1967 by D. Siminovitch & J. W. Butler
Analytical Plotter ...a 3d map making system invented by Uno Vilho Helava in 1957
Andromonon ...a 3 wheeled vehicle invented in 1851 by Thomas Turnbull
Anti-Gravity Suit ...invented by Wilbur Rounding Franks in 1941, a suit for high altitude jet pilots
Automatic Foghorn ...the first steam foghorn was invented by Robert Foulis in 1859
Automatic Machinery Lubricator ...one of the many inventions invented by Elijah McCoy, the "Real McCoy"
Automatic Postal Sorter ...in 1957, Maurice Levy invented a postal sorter that could handle 200,000 letters an hour
Basketball ...invented by James Naismith in 1891
Bone Marrow Compatibility Test ...invented by Barbara Bain in 1960
Bromine ...a process to extract was invented by Herbert Henry Dow in 1890
Calcium Carbide ...in 1892, Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide
Canada Dry Ginger Ale ...invented in 1907 by John A. McLaughlin
Chocolate Nut Bar ...Arthur Ganong made the first nickel bar in 1910
Computerized Braille ...invented by Roland Galarneau in 1972
Creed Telegraph System ..in 1900, Fredrick Creed invented a way to convert Morse Code to text
Compound Steam Engine ...invented by Benjamin Franklin Tibbetts in 1842CPR Mannequin ...invented by Dianne Croteau in 1989.
Electric Car Heater ...Thomas Ahearn invented the first electric car heater in 1890
Electric Cooking Range ...Thomas Ahearn invented the first in 1882
Electric Light Bulb ...Henry Woodward invented the electric light bulb in 1874 and sold the patent to Thomas Edison
Electron Microscope ...Eli Franklin Burton, Cecil Hall, James Hillier, Albert Prebus co-invented the electron microscope in 1937
Electric Organ ...Morse Robb of Belleville, Ontario, patented the world's first electric organ in 1928
Electric Streetcar - Invented by John Joseph Wright in 1883
Fathometer ...An early form of sonar invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1919
Film Colourization ...invented by Wilson Markle in 1983
Garbage Bag ...(polyethylene) invented by Harry Wasylyk in 1950
Goalie Mask ...invented by Jaques Plante in 1960
Gramophone ...co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell & Emile Berliner in 1889
Green Ink ...currency or greenbacks ink invented by Thomas Sterry Hunt in 1862
Half-tone Engraving ...co-invented by Georges Edouard Desbarats & William Augustus Leggo in 1869
Heart Pacemaker ...invented by Dr. John A. Hopps in 1950
Hydrofoil Boats ...co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell, & Casey Baldwin in 1908
IMax Movie System ...co-invented in 1968 by Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr
Instant Mashed Potatoes ...dehydrated potato flakes were invented by Edward A. Asselbergs, in 1962
Insulin Process ...Fredrick Banting, J. J. Macleod, Charles Best and Collip invented the process for insulin in 1922
JAVA ...a programming language invented by James Gosling in 1994
Jetliner ...the first jetliner was designed by James Floyd in 1949
Jolly Jumper ...a baby's delight invented by Olivia Poole in 1959
Kerosene ...invented by Doctor Abraham Gesner in 1846
Lawn Sprinkler ...another invention made by the Real McCoy
Light Bulb Leads ..leads made of nickel & iron alloy were invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1892
Marquis Wheat ...invented by Sir Charles E. Saunders in 1908
Mcintosh Apple ...invented by John McIntosh in 1796
Music Synthesizer ...invented by Hugh Le Caine in 1945
Newsprint ...invented by Charles Fenerty in 1838
Odometer ...invented by Samuel McKeen in 1854
Paint Roller ...invented by Norman Breakey of Toronto in 1940
Plexiglas ...(Polymerized Methyl Methacrylate) invented by William Chalmers in 1931
Polypump Liquid Dispenser ...Harold Humphrey made pumpable liquid hand soap possible in 1972
Portable Film Developing System ...invented by Arthur Williams McCurdy in 1890, but he foolishly sold the patent to George Eastman in 1903
Potato Digger ...invented by Alexander Anderson in 1856
Process to Extract Helium from Natural Gas ...invented by Sir John Cunningham McLennan in 1915
Prosthetic Hand ...an electric prosthetic invented by Helmut Lucas in 1971
Quartz Clock ...Warren Marrison developed the first quartz clock
R-Theta Navigation System ...invented by J.E.G. Wright in 1958
Radio-Transmitted Voice ...invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1904
Railway Car Brake ...invented by George B. Dorey in 1913
Railway Sleeper Car ...invented by Samuel Sharp in 1857
Robertson Screw ...invented by Peter L. Robertson in 1908
Rotary Blow Molding Machine ...this plastic bottle maker was invented by Gustave Côté in 1966
Rotary Railroad Snowplow ...invented by J.E. Elliott in 1869
Rubber Shoe Heels ...Elijah McCoy patented an important iimprovement to rubber heels in 1879
Safety Paint ...a high reflectivity paint invented by Neil Harpham in 1974
Screw Propeller ...a ship's propeller invented by John Patch in 1833
Silicon Chip Blood Analyzer ...invented by Imants Lauks in 1986
SlickLicker ...made for cleaning oil spills, patented by Richard Sewell in 1970
Snowblower ...invented by Arthur Sicard in 1925
Snowmobile ...invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1922
Standard Time ...invented by Sir Sanford Fleming in 1878
Stereo-orthography Map Making System ...invented by T.J. Blachut, Stanley Collins in 1965
Superphosphate Fertilizer ...invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1896
Synthetic Sucrose ...invented by Dr. Raymond Lemieux in 1953
Television ...Reginald A. Fessenden patented a television system in 1927
Television Camera ...invented by F. C. P. Henroteau in 1934
Telephone ..invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876
Telephone Handset ...invented by Cyril Duquet in 1878
Tone-to-Pulse Converter ...invented by Michael Cowpland in 1974
Trivial Pursuit ...invented on December 15, 1979 by Chris Haney and Scott Abbott
Tuck-Away-Handle Beer Carton ...invented by Steve Pasjac in 1957
Undersea Telegraph Cable ...invented by Fredrick Newton Gisborne in 1857
UV-degradable Plastics ...invented by Dr. James Guillet in 1971
Variable Pitch Aircraft Propeller ...invented by Walter Rupert Turnbull in 1922
Walkie-Talkie ...invented by Donald L. Hings in 1942
Wireless Radio ...invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1900
Wirephoto ...Edward Samuels Rogers invented the first in 1925
Zipper ...invented by Gideon Sundback in 1913

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