Inventor Behind the Scenes

Born in England in 1770, Sarah Guppy was a mother of six children and an inventor. Among her inventions are caulking that made ships more seaworthy, a kitchen fire hood, a bed that transformed into a home gym, and a design for piling foundation that led to the creation of the suspension bridge.

She allowed her designs to be used for free, considering it a public service. She preferred so remain behind the scenes, stating, “It is unpleasant to speak of oneself—it may seem boastful particularly in a woman.”



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Information sources:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/amazing-inventions-sarah-guppy-bristol-s-mum/story-29328013-detail/story.html
http://www.intriguing-history.com/sarah-guppy-english-inventor/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sarah-guppy-the-woman-behind-britains-most-famous-bridge-isambard-kingdom-brunel-clifton-suspension-a7057506.html

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By Knochen (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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