Leon Battista Alberti invented the first anemometer in 1450 A.D. His invention was a disk that was perpendicular to the direction of the wind, which measured wind speed.Know More
The type of anemometer that is common today, the cup-shaped variety, was not invented until 1846 by John Thomas Romney Robinson. He used four cups and wheels on his anemometer. The design was improved again in 1926 by John Petterson, who simplified the design to 3 cups.
Today's anemometers measure wind speed, wind pressure and wind direction. Wind speed is calculated by counting the number of times the cups on the instrument turn. They help meteorologists analyze how weather works, which assists with weather predictions.Learn more in Inventions
The inventor of plastic was Alexander Parkes, who demonstrated his invention to the public at the Great International Exhibition in London in 1862. The material was initially called Parkesine and was created from cellulose. The material could be heated for molding and would retain its shape after it cooled.Full Answer >
The location of the hamburger's invention is disputed between Hamburg, Germany and various cities in the Northeastern United States. While the ground or chopped beef patty spiced with onion, salt and pepper originated in Hamburg as a Hamburg steak, the sandwich innovation probably happened in the United States.Full Answer >
Technology historians do not credit any single person with the invention of the computer. A number of individuals made discoveries that led to the development of the electronic computer.Full Answer >
No single person is credited with the invention of the toothpick. Grooves on the teeth of Neanderthal and Homo sapiens skulls suggest that they used a tool to remove materials from their teeth. Charles Forster was the first to mass produce toothpicks for the American market in the mid-19th century.Full Answer >