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John Boyd Dunlop

Scottish inventor

1840   -   1921

country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
educated at: University of Edinburgh
occupation: inventor, entrepreneur, veterinarian
award received: Automotive Hall of Fame, National Inventor Hall of Fame

John Boyd Dunlop (5 February 1840 – 23 October 1921) was a Scottish inventor and veterinary surgeon who spent most of his career in Ireland. Familiar with making rubber devices, he re-invented pneumatic tyres for his child's tricycle and developed them for use in cycle racing. He sold his rights to the pneumatic tyres to a company he formed with the president of the Irish Cyclists' Association, Harvey Du Cros, for a small cash sum and a small shareholding in their pneumatic tyre business. Dunlop withdrew in 1896. The company that bore his name, Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company, was not incorporated until later using the name well known to the public, but it was Du Cros's creation.
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