Find out who invented it (and when) with our lists of inventions:

We compiled these lists using our eResources.

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We have lots of electronic resources that can help you find out about inventions:

Cover image: Inventions & discoveries from World Book OnlineWorld Book Inventions and Discoveries

We have a wonderful electronic resource called World Book Inventions and Discoveries. You can investigate some of the amazing inventions and discoveries that have changed the world. It includes video, animation and interactive activities and maps!

World Book Online Info Finder

Cover of  World book online info finderWorld Book Online Info Finder is the school student version of the World Book encyclopaedia. It has information about a wide variety of technologies and inventors. it includes research tools, diagrams, videos and interactive maps.

World of Invention

World of Invention provides a reference of well-known and lesser-known inventions and inventors from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Over 1000 entries about inventors that may have been overlooked in the past, as well as the usual names.

All of these are in our e-resources - It’s free, and all you need is your library card number and password / PIN.

If you can’t find the answer here we suggest trying the books located at 608 in the Dewey sequence at your local library, or search our catalogue for inventors or inventions to see what is available around our libraries.

There may also be some good places to start hunting in our internet gateway for kids - maths & science.