William Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as an anesthetic, but no one knows who actually invented anesthesia. After Morton's demonstration at Massachusetts General Hospital, several people came forward claiming they had discovered anesthesia much earlier.Know More
Horace Wells claimed to have invented the use of nitrous oxide for anesthesia two years before Morton's demonstration. Wells, a dentist, got the idea for using nitrous oxide while he was watching a laughing gas demonstration. One of the audience members hurt his leg during the event, but the injured man was not aware he had hurt himself. The following day, the man who gave the demonstration went to Wells' office and administered nitrous oxide to the curious dentist. Although a colleague extracted one of his teeth, Wells reported feeling no pain.
Charles Jackson, one of Morton's teachers, claimed he discovered the use of ether as an anesthetic and suggested Morton try the technique.Learn More
No single person invented algebra. The roots of algebra extend to the ancient Babylonians, who first developed mathematical techniques to solve problems using algorithms. Later work by Greek, Persian and Indian mathematicians further extended these techniques and laid the foundations for modern algebra.Full Answer >
Dr. James Naismith is credited for inventing netball. The no-dribble game was a spinoff of basketball that he invented in 1891 at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.Full Answer >
In 1897, the pencil sharpener was invented by John Lee Love. He was issued a patent for it on Nov. 23, 1897. That style of pencil sharpener is still in use today in schools and offices around the world, according to About.com Inventors. It was one of several noteworthy inventions of 1897.Full Answer >
Badminton was not invented by one specific person. The sport has its roots in ancient games, such as battledore and shuttlecock. The modern sport developed in India, where it was known as "poon." British soldiers stationed there brought it back to England in the mid-19th century.Full Answer >