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John Boyd Dunlop

1840 - 1921

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John Boyd Dunlop (5 February 1840 – 23 October 1921) was a Scottish 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 521,208 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). John Boyd Dunlop is the 51st most popular inventor, the 363rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 355th 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 354Before him are Charles Goodyear, Karl Drais, John Herschel, William G. Morgan, Willis Carrier, and Hans Lippershey. After him are Emile Berliner, Wilhelm Maybach, Frank Whittle, Isaac Singer, Adam Opel, and John Deere.

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Among people born in 1840, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 12Before him are Murad V, Odilon Redon, Carlota of Mexico, Alphonse Daudet, Carl Menger, and Ernst Abbe. After him are Edward Drinker Cope, Crazy Horse, Father Damien, August Bebel, Thomas Hardy, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing. Among people deceased in 1921, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 9Before him are Peter Kropotkin, Peter I of Serbia, Gabriel Lippmann, Ludwig III of Bavaria, Alfred Hermann Fried, and Carl Menger. After him are Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Talaat Pasha, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Nicholas I of Montenegro, and Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 363 out of 7,765Before him are Oswald Mosley (1896), Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844), John Bowlby (1907), Theresa May (1956), George Paget Thomson (1892), and John Ruskin (1819). After him are Thomas Cromwell (1485), Boudica (33), Kate Bush (1958), Marianne Faithfull (1946), Edward the Confessor (1003), and Ralph Fiennes (1962).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, John Boyd Dunlop ranks 9Before him are Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), John Logie Baird (1888), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), and John Herschel (1792). After him are Frank Whittle (1907), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Thomas Savery (1650), Richard Arkwright (1732), James Hargreaves (1720), and Henry Bessemer (1813).