John Boyd Dunlop

1840 - 1921

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John Boyd Dunlop (5 February 1840 – 23 October 1921) was a Scottish-born inventor and veterinary surgeon who spent most of his career in Ireland. Familiar with making rubber devices, he invented the first practical pneumatic tyres for his child's tricycle and developed them for use in cycle racing. He sold his rights to the pneumatic tyres to a company he formed with the president of the Irish Cyclists' Association, Harvey Du Cros, for a small cash sum and a small shareholding in their pneumatic tyre business. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Boyd Dunlop has received more than 482,539 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia. John Boyd Dunlop is the 51st most popular inventor (down from 39th in 2019), the 355th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 284th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Inventor.

John Boyd Dunlop was a Scottish veterinarian and inventor. He is most famous for inventing the first practical pneumatic tire in 1888.

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Among inventors, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 51 out of 355Before him are Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, Willis Carrier, Wilhelm Maybach, Douglas Engelbart, and Karl Drais. After him are Steve Wozniak, Emile Berliner, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Henry Fox Talbot, Adam Opel, and Louis Blériot.

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Among people born in 1840, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 13Before him are Alphonse Daudet, Odilon Redon, Ernst Abbe, Carlota of Mexico, Crazy Horse, and Edward Drinker Cope. After him are Carl Menger, Father Damien, Thomas Hardy, August Bebel, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and Hiram Maxim. Among people deceased in 1921, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 8Before him are Enrico Caruso, Peter Kropotkin, Peter I of Serbia, Talaat Pasha, Gabriel Lippmann, and Ludwig III of Bavaria. After him are Carl Menger, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Alfred Hermann Fried, Antoni Grabowski, and Nicholas I of Montenegro.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 355 out of 6,924Before him are Anne Neville (1456), Theresa May (1956), Halford Mackinder (1861), Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Alec Guinness (1914), and Ronald Coase (1910). After him are John Bowlby (1907), George Michael (1963), James Parkinson (1755), Peter Sellers (1925), Christopher Wren (1632), and Thomas Becket (1119).

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Among inventors born in United Kingdom, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 9Before him are Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), and Richard Trevithick (1771). After him are Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), Richard Arkwright (1732), Thomas Savery (1650), Edmund Cartwright (1743), and Henry Bessemer (1813).