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Great Inventions from Edinburgh

Glancing into our Scottish history, we find many different great inventions from Edinburgh, that our capital proudly created and now boast to the world.

The Speedometer

Ironic, given Edinburgh City Centre is becoming more and more pedestrianised yet, this invention was invented by Sir George Keith Elphinstone. His contribution to engineering now allows us to measure acceleration today.

 

Grand Piano

Another of the great inventions from Edinburgh, the Grand Piano is indeed Scottish! Few names carry such notoriety in the music world as that of the inventor, John Broadwood. Born in Oldhamstocks, East Lothian, in 1732, he was the son of a humble carpenter and at the age of just 29, he put the Proclaimers to shame walking to London, raking up a total walking distance of just over 400 miles. Our city can claim Broadwoods invention from Edinburgh given his Scottish heritage. During the inventing process, he worked with Swiss-born harpsichord maker Burkat Shudi in London, but soon diversified to work on his own and made his mark by perfecting his design for the grand piano in 1777.

Vaccine against Scurvy

The discovery of a vaccine combating against Scurvy is especially significant for humans because the primates, unlike most other animals, do not produce their own vitamin C and as such, must rely on its sufficient intake from the ingested food. James Lind, the inventor of the vaccine, took 40 years to persuade the British Admiralty to ensure fresh fruit and vegetables were on board for long sea journeys back in the 18th Century. Thanks to Lind’s invention, scurvy at sea is now very much a thing of the past.

 

Great Inventions from Edinburgh – Visiting the Birthplace

Of course, this is simply a small selection of the great inventions from Edinburgh that span generations. Why not stay with us and discover more great inventions from Edinburgh by staying at Parliament House Hotel? Book now or call today on +44(0)131 478 4000

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