Inventors & Inventions 1 - Answers

Published: Thursday 8th July 2010
  1. Christopher Cockerell invented what type of vehicle? The Hovercraft.
  2. Which British mathematician created a basic computer in 1835? Charles Babbage.
  3. Which civilisation first used concrete? The Romans.
  4. Who in the Thirties invented quick frozen food? Clarence Birdseye.
  5. Who invented the battery? Alessandro Volta.
  6. In which decade was the breathalyser invented? The 1930s.
  7. What did Percy Shaw contribute to road safety in 1934? He invented Cat's Eyes.
  8. What invention is Sir Frank Whittle credited with? The Jet engine.
  9. Which two major companies jointly developed the Compact Disc in 1979? Sony & Philips.
  10. What is the surname of King Camp who invented the safety razor? Gillette.
  11. What does VHS stand for? Video Home System.
  12. What was invented by Isaac Pitman in 1837? Shorthand.
  13. Which metal was first developed by Harold Brearley in 1912? Stainless Steel.
  14. Who invented the bouncing bomb in the Second World War? Barnes Wallace.
  15. Who invented the first sound recording machine in 1877? Thomas Edison.
  16. What was Emile Berliner's famous invention of 1887? The Gramophone.
  17. Which Swiss company developed the first widely used instant coffee? Nestles
  18. What device was invented by famous diver Jacques Cousteau? The Aqualung.
  19. Who developed the vulcanisation process for rubber? Charles Goodyear.
  20. What common device was invented by Whitcomb L Judson in 1892? The Zip Fastener.


  1. Ian Sharp says:

    Q14: The surname should be Wallis, not Wallace.

  2. Diana Trent says:

    thank you so much for all these quizzes. I do several a year and find much inspiration here.

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