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Friday 05 May 2006: Inventor of the pneumatic rubber tyre
The Scottish veterinarian and inventor John Boyd Dunlop is usually said to be the inventor of the pneumatic rubber tyre, because he patented a pneumatic bike tyre in 1888. The first person, however, to patent such a contraption was Dunlop's fellow countryman Robert William Thomson in 1845, but it was thought to be too expensive for common use at the time. The latter also patented the fountain pen (in 1849) and developed a method for electrically firing explosive charges.

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