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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Posted by Lorac Sunday, 26 July 2009

I have a video at the bottom of my blog, Canadian Please! In part of the video they talk about the zipper and Insulin being Canadian inventions and it got me thinking. ( Not always a good idea) What else did Canadians invent? There are slew of items, some have served to help people world wide and some are particularly for colder climates as Canada is for 5-6 months of the year.

  • The undersea telegraph cable invented by Frederick Newton Gisborne in 1857 changed communication worldwide.
  • In 1922, Frederick Banting, J.J McLeod, Charles Bestin had a major breakthrough in the study of diabetes with the invention of the Insulin process
  • John A Hopps in 1950 developed the Heart Pacemaker. 
  • The G-suit or Anti Gravity Suit was invented by Wilbur Franks in 1941, a suit for high altitude jet pilots.
  • Actar 911 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Manikins were invented in 1989 by Dianne Croteau . I taught with these for many years. They made CPR training portable.  
  • Java, a software programming language, was invented in 1994 by James Gosling. 
  • The snowmobile is huge in the northern countries. Invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1958, it remains a big ticket item to this day! 
  • An absolute must to get around in Canada in the winter is the electric car heater invented by Thomas Ahearn in 1890. 
  • Add in a little something that we all use every day, the lowly zipper.  The zipper was invented by Gideon Sundback in 1913 and I thank him for that!  
  • From screwdrivers (the Robertson) to apples (Macintosh) there is a very impressive list. The world is filled with so many brilliant people and inventions! I found out a lot of information when I googled Canadian inventions. Do the same for your country .
My question to you, my fellow bloggers: What inventions were developed in your country?


  1. Sandra Says:
  2. You know, I'm American so we kind of think we invented everything!

  3. Lorac Says:
  4. Sandra - Thanks for that ! Gave me my chuckle for the day!

  5. Lori ann Says:
  6. oh that's a good question, i'll have to go have a look. as far as i know inventions know no boundries or countries, theres something from everywhere! if you look that is, like you suggested! ☺

  7. I took up the challenge and googled but could not find any Malaysian Inventions. *Sigh*

  8. Lorac Says:
  9. Lori ann - Agreed!Inventions from everywhere benefit many.

    LGS- Maybe not listed. Look around your space and town and I bet there will be something uniquely Malaysian.

  10. Nice to see a Canadian tooting her country's horn. ;-)

  11. Your blog is very nice. The images are very beautiful. God is Great. Best wishes.

  12. Ahh you Canadian's are clever, I'd fit right in. As we Aussie are also clever inventors.

    The Hill Hoist - first rotary clothes line.
    The bionic ear
    Spray on skin - for burns victims
    The electronic pacemaker
    Post-it notes
    The wine cask
    The electric drill
    Latex gloves
    Cervical caner vaccine
    The Black box flight recorder & inflatable aircraft escape side

    just to name a few.

  13. Lorac Says:
  14. EG -Thanks in these hard times it is time to remember the good as well.

    Mahmood -Nice to meet you!Your blog is really nice as well!

    Liss - Wow! Impressive list!

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