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Canadian Inventors and Inventions


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The history of invention in Canada has followed a long and noble path. Canadian inventors have patented more than one million inventions, yet few people can name more than one or two Canadian inventors or any Canadian accomplishments.

Canadian author Roy Mayer states in his book Inventing Canada: "Our innovators have given novelty, variety, and color to our lives with their great practical gifts, and the world would be an exceedingly boring and grey place without their vitality."

Canadian Inventors

Only a small percentage of the great inventions invented by Canadian inventors are listed below.
  • 5 Pin Bowling A truly Canadian sport invented by T.E. Ryan of Toronto in 1909[
  • Able Walker The walker was patented by Norm Rolston in 1986
  • Access Bar Patented food bar designed to help burn fat by Dr Larry Wang
  • Air-Conditioned Railway Coach Invented by Henry Ruttan in 1858
  • Abdominizer The infomercial exercise darling invented by Dennis Colonello in 1984
  • AC Radio Tube Invented by Edward Samuels Rogers in 1925
  • Acetylene Thomas L. Wilson invented the production process in 1892
  • Acetylene Buoy Invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1904
  • Agrifoam Crop Cold Protector Co-invented in 1967 by D. Siminovitch & J. W. Butler
  • Analytical Plotter 3D map-making system invented by Uno Vilho Helava in 1957
  • Andromonon Three-wheeled vehicle invented in 1851 by Thomas Turnbull
  • Anti-Gravity Suit Invented by Wilbur Rounding Franks in 1941, a suit for high altitude jet pilots
  • Automatic Foghorn The first steam foghorn was invented by Robert Foulis in 1859
  • Automatic Machinery Lubricator One of the many inventions invented by Elijah McCoy
  • Automatic Postal Sorter In 1957, Maurice Levy invented a postal sorter that could handle 200,000 letters an hour
  • Basketball Invented by James Naismith in 1891
  • Bone Marrow Compatibility Test Invented by Barbara Bain in 1960
  • Bromine A process to extract was invented by Herbert Henry Dow in 1890
  • Calcium Carbide Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide in 1892
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale Invented in 1907 by John A. McLaughlin
  • Chocolate Nut Bar Arthur Ganong made the first nickel bar in 1910
  • Computerized Braille Invented by Roland Galarneau in 1972
  • Creed Telegraph System Fredrick Creed invented a way to convert Morse Code to text in 1900
  • Compound Steam Engine Invented by Benjamin Franklin Tibbetts in 1842
  • CPR Mannequin invented by Dianne Croteau in 1989
  • Electric Car Heater Thomas Ahearn invented the first electric car heater in 1890
  • Electric Cooking Range Thomas Ahearn invented the first in 1882
  • Electric Light Bulb Henry Woodward invented an electric light bulb in 1874 and sold the patent to Thomas Edison
  • Electron Microscope Eli Franklin Burton, Cecil Hall, James Hillier, Albert Prebus co-invented the electron microscope in 1937
  • Electric Organ Morse Robb of Belleville, Ontario, patented the world's first electric organ in 1928
  • Electric Streetcar John Joseph Wright invented an electric streetcar in 1883
  • Electric Wheelchair George Klein of Hamilton, Ontario invented the first electric wheelchair for W.W.2 veterans.

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