Top Accidental Inventions That Changed The World

60 Top Accidental Inventions that Changed the World

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Steam Engine

Steam Engine
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  1. Inventor: Thomas Savery
  2. Year: 1698

Steam is one of the powerful fuels for the locomotive. This idea became the foundation of Steam Engine. It remained a technique of inexpensive transportation for hundreds of years.

49

Electricity

Electricity
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  1. Inventor: Benjamin Franklin
  2. Year: 18th century

Today we can’t even imagine our life without electricity. It aided and complements other inventions like electronic equipment including Television, Refrigerators, air conditioners, computers etc.

48

Cotton Gin

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  1. Inventor: Eli Whitney
  2. Year: 1793

Before the invention of Cotton Gin, the process of separating cotton seeds from the fluffy cotton was done by hand. Cotton Gin machines used to perform same operations efficiently and in a less of time.


47

Vaccination

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  1. Inventor: Edward Jenner
  2. Year: 1796

This creation is the most effective way to prevent people from infections such as viral diseases including influenza and polio etc.

46

Battery

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  1. Inventor: Alessandro Volta
  2. Year: 1800

The first battery was known as the voltaic pile. It is used in households and in industrial equipment as a source of running applications and electrical energy as well.

45

Matches

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  1. Inventor: Jean Chancel
  2. Year: 1805

Since the time of its invention, it remains its importance. It is a portable and most widely used source for fire burning.


44

Railways

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  1. Inventor: George Stephenson
  2. Year: 1814

The invention of Railways played a vital role in the industrial revolution as one of the fastest and efficient ways of transportation. The transfer of goods becomes very easy. For the very first time, a person could travel across the country in less than a day.

43

Morse code

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  1. Inventor: Samuel F.B. Morse
  2. Year: 1838

Morse code is named after its inventor Samuel Morse. It is a method of dashes and dots which is used to help send telegraphs over the long distance wires.

42

Stamps

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  1. Inventor: Rowland Hill
  2. Year: 1840

The first stamp was proposed as a cheap way to offer postal delivery. This proposal led to a universal postage system we have today.


41

Anesthesia

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  1. Inventor: William Thomas Green Morton
  2. Year: 1846

Anesthesia is a procedure to control pain during a surgery by using anesthetics medicines. It is mainly used to maintain blood pressure, and heartbeat rate.

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50

Steam Engine

Steam Engine
  1. Inventor: Thomas Savery
  2. Year: 1698

Steam is one of the powerful fuels for the locomotive. This idea became the foundation of Steam Engine. It remained a technique of inexpensive transportation for hundreds of years.

49

Electricity

Electricity
  1. Inventor: Benjamin Franklin
  2. Year: 18th century

Today we can’t even imagine our life without electricity. It aided and complements other inventions like electronic equipment including Television, Refrigerators, air conditioners, computers etc.

48

Cotton Gin

Cotton Gin
  1. Inventor: Eli Whitney
  2. Year: 1793

Before the invention of Cotton Gin, the process of separating cotton seeds from the fluffy cotton was done by hand. Cotton Gin machines used to perform same operations efficiently and in a less of time.

47

Vaccination

Vaccination
  1. Inventor: Edward Jenner
  2. Year: 1796

This creation is the most effective way to prevent people from infections such as viral diseases including influenza and polio etc.

46

Battery

Battery
  1. Inventor: Alessandro Volta
  2. Year: 1800

The first battery was known as the voltaic pile. It is used in households and in industrial equipment as a source of running applications and electrical energy as well.

45

Matches

Matches
  1. Inventor: Jean Chancel
  2. Year: 1805

Since the time of its invention, it remains its importance. It is a portable and most widely used source for fire burning.

44

Railways

Railways
  1. Inventor: George Stephenson
  2. Year: 1814

The invention of Railways played a vital role in the industrial revolution as one of the fastest and efficient ways of transportation. The transfer of goods becomes very easy. For the very first time, a person could travel across the country in less than a day.

43

Morse code

Morse code
  1. Inventor: Samuel F.B. Morse
  2. Year: 1838

Morse code is named after its inventor Samuel Morse. It is a method of dashes and dots which is used to help send telegraphs over the long distance wires.

42

Stamps

Stamps
  1. Inventor: Rowland Hill
  2. Year: 1840

The first stamp was proposed as a cheap way to offer postal delivery. This proposal led to a universal postage system we have today.

41

Anesthesia

Anesthesia
  1. Inventor: William Thomas Green Morton
  2. Year: 1846

Anesthesia is a procedure to control pain during a surgery by using anesthetics medicines. It is mainly used to maintain blood pressure, and heartbeat rate.

40

Potato Chips

Potato Chips
  1. Inventor: George Crum
  2. Year: 1853

World famous Potato Chips were invented accidentally when a Chef, George Crum, fried a paper-thin potato to teach his customer a lesson. First, they refused to eat French fries by calling that they were too thick.

39

Hypodermic Syringe

Hypodermic Syringe
  1. Inventor: Charles Gabriel Pravaz
  2. Year: 1853

It was one of the great famous inventions. These injected vaccines save millions of people from polio, rabies, tuberculosis, and other fatal diseases.

38

Plastic

Plastic
  1. Inventor: Alexander Parkes
  2. Year: 1856

It is called the material of countless usage. The first plastic was made from heated cellulose and designed into a shape.

37

Antiseptics

Antiseptics
  1. Inventor: Joseph Lister
  2. Year: 1867

One of the most important medical inventions of all time is antiseptics. These are applied to reduce the possibility and risks of infection, putrefaction, or sepsis on the living skin.

36

Concrete

Concrete
  1. Inventor: Joseph Monier
  2. Year: 1867

This hydraulic cement is the mixture of clay, limestone, and aggregate. It is the most widely and strong building material used in the world.

35

Typewriter

Typewriter
  1. Inventor: Christopher Latham Sholes
  2. Year: 1868

The invention of the typewriter is part of the human need to verbally communicate to masses including official and domestic. It was the machine that revolutionized writer’s work.

34

Periodic Table

Periodic Table
  1. Inventor: Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev
  2. Year: 1871

The periodic table is an important chemistry reference table of elements. It arranges all the elements in the table. Using the data of table students, scientists, and others can extract information of their need.

33

Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire
  1. Inventor: Joseph Glidden
  2. Year: 1874

After the invention of barbed wire, it became a sufficient way for creating an effective barrier. It is most widely used for military purposes as a barricade. It is also used in livestock to keep animals in their respective areas.

32

Telephone

Telephone
  1. Inventor: Alexander Graham Bell
  2. Year: 1876

The invention of the telephone has transformed the communication and global business. Nowadays we don’t see a single person without a cell phone in his hand or pocket.

31

Light Bulb

Light Bulb
  1. Inventor: Thomas Alva Edison
  2. Year: 1879

By using a filament based on a burned sewing thread Thomas Edison made the light bulb into a practical low current version. Now they are widely used in all around the world.

30

Email

Email
  1. Inventor: Ray Tomlinson
  2. Year:  1971

It is the better way to communicate and to share data. The first email was sent on the same network between two computers

29

Film

Film
  1. Inventor: George Eastman
  2. Year: 1884

With the invention of motion picture cameras, the history of film began. The first moving film was called Cinematography. It is the way of entertainment and an excellent teaching tool.

28

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster
  1. Inventor: LeMarcus A. Thompson
  2. Year: 1884

A roller coaster is a fun ride for joy land and theme parks. The first roller coaster known as a switchback railway opens at Coney Island, New York.

27

Automobile

Automobile
  1. Inventor: Gottlieb Daimler
  2. Year: 1889

The invention of Steam Engine is the backbone for Automobiles invention. It became the most widely used mode of transportation. Nowadays, roads are flooded with diverse kind of vehicles.

26

Camera

Camera
  1. Inventor: William K.L. Dickson, Thomas Alva Edison
  2. Year: 1891

The Camera made it possible to click and save candid moments that would be recalled later. It is one of the most prized and cherished invention for a lot of us.

25

Radio

Radio
  1. Inventor: Guglielmo Marconi
  2. Year: 1895

For distant communication, this invention was a splendid work. The first Radio was called ‘the wireless telegraph’.

24

X-Ray

X-Ray
  1. Inventor: Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen
  2. Year: 1895

A routine experiment of cathode rays became the invention of X-ray. This phenomenon of the natural world had first experimented on inventor wife's hand.

23

Blood Types

Blood Types
  1. Inventor: Karl Landsteiner
  2. Year: 1900

Blood identification is compulsory for safe blood transfusions. Doctors and healthcare workers checked blood types to assure the correct recipient of blood.

22

Airplane

Airplane
  1. Inventor: Wilbur & Orville Wright
  2. Year: 1903

An era of a quick mode of transportation starts with the invention of the airplane. The Wright Brothers made a working model of an airplane, which actually marked a flight. It was made of wood.

21

Ice Cream Cones

Ice Cream Cones
  1. Inventor: Italo Marchiony
  2. Year: 1904

In 1904 Ernest Hamwi who was selling Syrian pastry at the St. Louis World's Fair saw a nearby ice cream vendor ran out of dishes, he rolled some pastry into a cone to put the ice cream inside. However, Italo Marchiony received a credit to invent ice cream cones earlier in that same year. It was a huge hit.

20

Radar

Radar
  1. Inventor: Christian Hulsmeyer
  2. Year: 1904

Radar was invented for detecting aircraft. Today, this system is used to detect movements and sphere of aircraft, spacecraft, ships, motor vehicles and weather formations.

19

Television

Television
  1. Inventor: Vladimir K. Zworykin, Philo Farnsworth
  2. Year: 1923, 1927

This invention was the big breakthrough in technological advancements. The ability to send pictures and sound over the air was surprising. Today people spend approximately 2.8 hours per day on watching TV.

18

Penicillin

Penicillin
  1. Inventor:  Alexander Fleming
  2. Year: 1928

It is derived from Penicillium fungi. It fights a large number of bacterial infections in the human body to save it from fatal infections without damaging the healthy cells.

17

Sunglasses

Sunglasses
  1. Inventor:  Sam Foster
  2. Year: 1929

Sunglasses protect the eyes from UV rays and blue light. They are the stylish fashion accessories but, most importantly, they maintain a good eye health.

16

Jet Engine

Jet Engine
  1. Inventor: Frank Whittle
  2. Year: 1930

The Jet engine moves the airplane forward with the great force that causes it to fly at fast speed. It has an excellent power to weight ratio. It has completely transformed the way of traveling.

15

Cat's Eye

Cat’s Eye
  1. Inventor: Percy Shaw
  2. Year: 1934

The cat's eye is a safety device which is used in road marking. It gives better visibility, especially when driving during the night. It is also believed that Cat eye gemstones can help you in return of lost wealth.

14

Teflon

Teflon
  1. Inventor: Roy Plunkett
  2. Year: 1938

This accidental invention is mostly used in pipe work and containers for reactive chemicals. For pans and other cookware, it is used as a non-stick coating to avoid food sticking.

13

Computer

Computer
  1. Inventor: Charles Babbage
  2. Year: Early 19th century

Accuracy and precision of Computers have made the life fast and easy. It can do a lot of work in a short sphere of time. It is used in so many fields from domestic to Industrial. It has taken businesses to a new level of progress.

12

Slinky

Slinky
  1. Inventor: Richard Thompson James
  2. Year: 1943

The Slinky was invented to save sensitive instruments from breakage while shipping. It became a ludicrous toy of many children.

11

Atomic Bomb

Atomic Bomb
  1. Inventor: J. Robert Oppenheimer
  2. Year: 1945

In August 1945, the two atomic bombs were used in the war that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Blood. What do you think? They had positive effects or negative. However, it was the invention who invented time.

10

Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven
  1. Inventor: Percy L. Spencer
  2. Year: 1945

In 1945, Spencer felt a candy bar start to melt in his pocket while he was standing in front of a magnetron (the power tube of radar) he picked the idea of Microwave Oven from this. It became one of the essential kitchen appliances.

9

Contraceptives

Contraceptives
  1. Inventor: Min Chueh Chang, John Rock, Gregory Pincus
  2. Year: 1950

The first medical invention that had been introduced for a purely social purpose instead of a therapeutic was Contraceptives. It is a method used to prevent pregnancy. It is also known as birth control remedy.

8

Barcode

Barcode
  1. Inventor: Joseph Woodland
  2. Year: 1952

A barcode scan is reliable and fast, and it consumes less time in entering data as compared to the manual process. It provides theft deterrence, security tracking, and a demonstrable reduction in liability.

7

Pacemaker

Pacemaker
  1. Inventor: Paul M. Zoll
  2. Year: 1952

 This lifesaver device was invented to treat arrhythmias. It uses low-energy electrical pulses to control abnormal heart rhythms.

6

Play-Doh

Play-Doh
  1. Inventor: Noah W. & Joseph S. McVicker
  2. Year: 1956                             

It is very interesting to know that one of the most iconic toys Play-Doh was created to clean filthy wallpaper. Now, it is widely used in arts and crafts projects.

5

Industrial Robot

Industrial Robot
  1. Inventor: George Charles Devol
  2. Year: 1961

The first industrial robot was created to move and fetch things. It grabbed the attention of Japanese manufacturers and dominated the global market for industrial robots.

4

LED

LED
  1. Inventor: Nick Holonyak, Jr
  2. Year: 1962

It provides an inexpensive way to convey information. It is utilized in most industries for various purposes. The applications of this efficient light source are endless.

3

Internet

Internet
  1. Inventor: ARPA
  2. Year: 1969

It was first invented for sending and receiving data for Military purpose. But within no time, it became the necessity of mankind for multiple activities.

2

Post-It Notes

Post-It Notes
  1. Inventor: Arthur Fry
  2. Year: 1970

These notes have been used for many years and are still the necessary part of many offices and study areas. Nowadays, they are sold in more than 100 countries.

1

DNA Fingerprinting

DNA Fingerprinting
  1. Inventor: Alec Jeffreys
  2. Year: 1984

DNA Fingerprinting is needed into the courts to find out the true culprits and to release those people who are wrongly accused of crimes. Now it is used worldwide in forensic science and in paleontology.

In the above document, I have listed the greatest inventions of all time from the Wheel to DNA Fingerprinting that have made our lives much easier.

Do you have an invention idea you've been imagining for a while?