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6 Innovations from the North East Region

From the lightbulb to Lucozade...

You may not realise it, but the North East is an exciting region for inventions and innovation. Here are 6 creative innovations that were conceived by North East inventors:

Public Railways - 1821-1825
George Stephenson was appointed as the engineer overseeing the construction of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. When it opened in 1825, it was the first public railway in the world and attracted global attention through the press.

The Light Bulb - 1860
Many people believe that Thomas Edison was the inventor of the light bulb, but it was actually Joseph Swan, who demonstrated the first working prototype of the incandescent light bulb in 1860. His house in Gateshead was the first in the world to be lit by the bulb.

Hydroelectric Power - 1863
William Armstrong saw the potential of alternate fuel sources almost 200 years ahead of his time. His house in Cragside, Northumberland was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power.

The Windscreen Wiper - 1908
Just over a hundred years ago, car drivers were unable to drive through a rain shower and be able to see through the front windscreen. After having to stop several times on his way home from a Newcastle United game during snowy weather, Gladstone Adams came up with the invention of the windscreen wiper as a solution to the problem.

Lucozade - 1920
Originally called Glucozade, the drink was marketed as a remedy for people with common illnesses such as flu and cold by Newcastle chemist, William Owen. The name was later changed to Lucozade in 1929 and acquired by Beecham’s in 1938.

Apple iPhone, iMac & iPad - 2001
Apple’s Industrial Design Group is headed up by Northumbria University graduate, Jonathan Ive. He is the designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.

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