General inventions

Invention Inventor Date
Barbed wire Lucien Smith
1874 (patent)
Cash register James Ritty 1879
Dynamite Alfred Nobel 1866
Ferris wheel George Washington Gale Ferris 1893
Machine gun Richard Jordan Gatling 1862
McDonald's restaurant franchise Ray Kroc 1955
Miner's safety lamp Sir Humphrey Davy 1815
Neon light  Georges Claude 1910
Reflecting telescope Isaac Newton 1668
Refracting telescope Hans Lippershey 1608
Rubber (vulcanised) Charles Goodyear 1839
1844 (patent)
Swiss army knife Karl Elsener 1891
Tranquilliser dart gun Colin Murdoch 1950s

Go to our Inventions for kids page to see our full list of inventions and resources.