Techonlogical advances from 1750-1900

  • First Reliable English Dictionary Published

    First Reliable English Dictionary Published
    Samuel Johnson invented this dictionary after nine years of work. This became a useful tool to writers in history so they could find literary definitions and meanings and grew into a major resource we use today.
  • Carbonated Water Invented

    Carbonated Water Invented
    Invented by Joseph Priestley by combining water and carbon dioxide. This is a significant advancement because this allowed for new drinks to be made and the birth of a soda industry that affected many nation's industrial economies with the creation of new drinks and flavors.
  • Improved steam engine

    Improved steam engine
    James Watt improved the steam engine that originally was invented in 1712. He increased the fuel efficency and reduced the size of the engine. This made it more realistic for factories to use them.
  • Electric Telegraph

    Electric Telegraph
    Georges Louis Lesage patented the electric telegraph in 1774 and forever changed the way people communicated.Altough his first design had one wire for each letter of the alphabet and only connected two rooms of the house, it was the start of a revolution.
  • First Sewing Machine Invented

    First Sewing Machine Invented
    Barthélemy Thimonnier invents the first sewing machine in France. At first his invention was not public but later became a model that other machines were built off of. This invention is important because it made sewing faster by making the job mechanical and not by hand.
  • Cotton Gin pattened

    Cotton Gin pattened
    Eli Whittney invented the cotton gin in 1793 and got it pattened in 1794. It allowed much faster and higher yields from cotton plants. With this invention the southern United States Cotton industry boomed, and the slave poplulation also hugley increased.
  • Invention of the Battery

    Invention of the Battery
    Alessandro Volta invents the first battery which consisted of blocks of zinc that formed reactions with each other to generate power. This is significant since power became portable and didn't rely on wires.
  • Steam Boat Trips in America

    Steam Boat Trips in America
    Robert Fulton used WAtt's new steam engine to create a boat that was powered by it. He based a company on this new boat and traveled the rivers of America in them. In 1807 he took the first trip
  • Tin Can Invented

    Tin Can Invented
    This sealed container was used in packaging food to troops for the British and is significant in that it made food portable without spilling and led to the development of packaged food. Peter Durand invented the tin can based on the findings of Nicholas Appert.
  • steam engine train

    steam engine train
    John Blenkinsop develops first practical locomotive using the steam engine from Watt. Within 15 years the world's first public railway station was built in London
  • First American Typewriter Pattented

    First American Typewriter Pattented
    William Austin Burt pattented the Typographer which was the first typewriter in the United States. This improved writing because it made consistent letter marks on a consistent physical paper structure.
  • Tom Thumb Locomotive Successful

    Tom Thumb Locomotive Successful
    This was the first locomotive built in the United States and marks the railroad era for the country. It was built by Peter Cooper, ran off of coal, and was used on the famous B&O railroad.
  • Magnetic Telegraph Company

    Magnetic Telegraph Company
    Samuel Morse began his company based on his improved ideas of the telegraph and the language he has created for it. He built lines from New York to the Mississippi and everywhere in between. This improved form of communication allowed people to communicate from hundreds of miles away in a matter of minutes.
  • Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Laid

    Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Laid
    This cable that ran from Ireland to Newfoundland improved communication by shortening the time to communicate across sea. Turned a voyage of weeks into a message that takes minutes to cross.
  • Telephone Patented

    Telephone Patented
    Alexander Graham Bell patents one of the most important inventions in history. His telephone allowed parties to communicate with each other across large distances and was used by businesses, governments, and common use.
  • Telephone Switchboard Invented

    Telephone Switchboard Invented
    Invented by Tivadar Puskas while working for Thomas Edison that allowed networks to form between telephones and led the creation of telephone exchanges where information flowed between many parties.
  • most improved electric light

    most improved electric light
    Many scientist and inventors made electric light bulbs before him, but Thomas Edison pattented the most improved design on November fourth 1879. Using different fillaments and improved vaccum techniques he invented the basic incandescent light bulb we still use today.
  • A.C. Motor pattented

    A.C. Motor pattented
    Nikola Tessla made the first A.C. electric motor (after inventing Alternating Current a few years before). This is the motor used in almost all electricly powered machines, even today
  • Stethoscope Invented

    Stethoscope Invented
    René Laënnec is the man who invented the stethoscope that is used to listen to heart and lung sounds that are difficult to hear with the ear alone. This is significant for medicine becuase conditions could be identified with this trumped like device.
  • Dynamite Invented

    Dynamite Invented
    Inented by Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel. Used for mining to reach new areas and used to build railroads through obstacles like mountains. Also became useful in demolition.
  • Bicycle Invented

    Bicycle Invented
    Invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, this invention created a faster way to transport oneself. The bicylce allowed someone to pedal in order to propel the machine without placing their feet on the ground. Made a different way to transport someone rather than walking.