Q:

Who invented the washing machine?

A:

Quick Answer

The first electrically powered washing machine was invented by Alva J. Fisher, according to About.com. However, more primitive types of "washing machines" were in use for centuries before this invention, which was patented in 1910.

Know More
Who invented the washing machine?
Credit: Thanasis Zovoilis Moment Getty Images

Full Answer

About.com states that the earliest type of washing machine ever used was the simple scrubbing board, which was invented in 1797. The first washing machine to resemble modern washing machines, with a drum that contains the dirty clothes, was invented by James King in 1851. However, until the invention of the "Thor" washing machine by Alva J. Fisher, all washing machines were powered by hand.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    When was the telescope invented?

    A:

    The first known telescope dates back to October 1608 in the Netherlands when a patent discussion was taking place. Hans Lipperhey was the first person to file for a patent, but Jacob Metius applied shortly afterward. No patent was awarded due to the relative ease of making a telescope.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What did Ernest Rutherford accomplish?

    A:

    Through the Gold Foil Experiments he performed during his graduate studies, Ernest Rutherford discovered that atoms held a nucleus. These experiments and the findings were published in 1911. During this experiment, Rutherford's associate Hans Geiger initiated the beginnings of the Geiger counter as well.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What did Galileo Galilei invent?

    A:

    Galileo Galilei improved upon the technology of the spyglass, creating a more powerful version that resulted in the first telescope. He also created the first pendulum clock and provided important research that concluded that the planets revolve around the Sun.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What year was the newspaper invented?

    A:

    The newspaper was invented in Rome in the year 59 B.C. The first newspaper, "Acta Diurna," was a daily account of senate proceedings that was published for the citizens.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore