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25 inventions that changed the world economy

Last updated on: January 10, 2013 11:19 IST

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While inventions, change and discovery have been part of human race since time immemorial, not all inventions have been game changers.

Let's take a look at 25 British inventions that have had a lasting impact on our lifestyle, according to Radio Times.

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ATM

Inventor: John Shepherd-Barron

Year: 1967

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Image: An ATM machine at Spain's lender bank Bankia in Madrid.
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Electric motor

Inventor: Michael Faraday

Year: 1821

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Chocolate bar

Inventor: JS Fry & Sons

Year: 1847

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Telephone

Inventor: Alexander Graham Bell

Year: 1876

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Jet engine

Inventor: Frank Whittle

Year: 1937

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World Wide Web

Inventor: Tim Berners-Lee

Year: 1989

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Electronic programmable computer

Inventor: Tommy Flowers

Year: 1943

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Carbon fibre

Inventor: Royal Aircraft Establishment engineers

Year: 1963

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Image: An operator cuts through a sheet of carbon fiber at Strata, a composite aerostructures manufacturing plant, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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Hovercraft

Inventor: Christopher Cockerell

Year: 1953

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Television

Inventor: John Logie Baird

Year: 1925

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Pneumatic tyre

Inventor: John Boyd Dunlop

Year: 1887

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Image: A tyre factory in Hefei, Anhui province, China.
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Electric vacuum cleaner

Inventor: Hubert Cecil Booth

Year: 1901

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Photography

Inventor: William Henry Fox Talbot

Year: 1835

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Passenger railway

Inventor: George Stephenson

Year: 1825

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Steam engine

Inventor: Richard Trevithick

Year: 1801

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Glider

Inventor: George Cayley

Year: 1804

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Cement

Inventor: Joseph Aspdin

Year: 1824

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Lawnmower

Inventor: Edwin Beard Budding

Year: 1827

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Sewage system

Inventor: Joseph Bazalgette

Year: 1865

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Light bulb

Inventor: Joseph Swan

Year: 1880

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Stainless steel

Inventor: Harry Brearley

Year: 1913

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Safety bicycle

Inventor: John Kemp Stanley

Year: 1885

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Collapsible baby buggy

Inventor: Owen Maclaren

Year: 1965

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Automatic kettle

Inventor: Peter Hobbs

Year: 1955

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Toothbrush

Inventor: William Addis

Year: 1770


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