Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in 1844 that was later used for
In 1888, John
Dunlop invented the air-filled or pneumatic tires, however, his were
In 1895, André
Michelin was the first person to use pneumatic tires on an automobile,
however, not successfully.
In 1911, Philip
Strauss invented the first successful tire, which was a combination tire
and air filled inner tube. Strauss' company the Hardman Tire & Rubber
Company marketed the tires.
In 1903, P.W.
Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire Company patented the first tubeless tire,
however, it was never commercially exploited until the 1954 Packard.
In 1904, mountable
rims were introduced that allowed drivers to fix their own flats. In 1908,
Frank Seiberling invented grooved tires with improved road traction.
In 1910, B.F.
Goodrich Company invented longer life tires by adding carbon to the rubber.
invented the first synthetic rubber tires in 1937 made of a patented substance
John Boyd Dunlop (1840-1921) was
a Scottish veterinarian and the recognized inventor of the first practical
or inflatable tyre/tire. His patent was for a bicycle
tire, granted in 1888. However, Robert William Thomson (1822 - 1873) invented
the actual first vulcanised rubber pneumatic tire. Thomson patented his
pneumatic tire in 1845, his invention worked well but was to costly to
catch on. Dunlop's tire patented in 1888 did, and so he received the most
recognition. William Thomson also patented a fountain pen (1849) and a
steam traction engine (1867).
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