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5 World-Changing Inventions You Didn’t Know Were Made By Irish People

5 World-Changing Inventions You Didn’t Know Were Made By Irish People January 7, 2015

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(Last Updated On: January 7, 2015)

The Irish might be known for their fun-loving attitude and their penchant for organising huge parties and gatherings. They are also known for their great arts and literature. But what the average person doesn’t know is that the Irish have also made a number of significant scientific discoveries and inventions that changed the world. Let’s take a look at what some of them are.

1. Colour photography

John Joly, one of Ireland’s most prolific invertors, is the man behind colour photography. In 1894, he discovered a way to successfully produce coloured photographs from a single plate.

2. Trans-Atlantic calls

In the days of yore, the Irish have to rely on snail mail to communicate with people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. However, everything changed in 1865 when Lord Kelvin Thomson helped to lay the cable that would make trans-Atlantic calls possible. And in case you’re wondering, he was also the man behind the Kelvin scale of temperature.

3. The cure for leprosy

Believe it or not, a cure for leprosy was “accidentally” discovered by an Irishman named Vincent Barry. It was said that Barry was looking to solve Ireland’s tuberculosis problem when he made this serendipitous discovery, which would go on to cure 15 million people suffering from this disease.

4. The modern tractor

In 1926, Harry Ferguson paved the way for the creation of the modern tractor. He created the original Ferguson System of tractor, which provides the same basic design for the tractor that is being used today. And for those who didn’t know, he was also the first Irishman to fly, having invented his own plane in 1909.

5. The submarine

If you think that the Americans or the Germans invented the submarine, think again. This underwater ship was actually invented by an Irishman. In 1881 in County Clare, John Philip Holland was credited for being the first person to successfully launch a submarine.



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