Inventors are inspirational. James Dyson is an inventor, industrial designer, and founder of Dyson Ltd. He is known for inventing the DC bagless vacuum cleaner and for the Airblade hand dryer. The Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum works on the principle of cyclonic separation.
James Dyson was born on May 2, 1947 in Cromer, Norfolk. He has two siblings. He attended Gresham’s School until 1965 when his father died of cancer. He then studied for a year at Byam Shaw School of Art. He went on to study furniture and interior design at the Royal College of Art before switching to engineering. While there, in 1970, he helped design the Sea Truck.
Tyson’s first invention was the Ballbarrow. The Ballbarrow is like the wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a wheel. The Trolleyball, which is a trolley that launches boats, came next followed by the Wheelboat. Dyson came out with a vacuum using cyclonic separation called the G-Force in 1983. It did not sell because of the convenience and market for/of disposable bags. It sold through catalog sales in Japan. It won a design fair in Japan. He got a US patent in 1986. Around the turn of the century Dyson vacuums began to sell well in the UK and then the United States. Design modifications and inventions have continued.
In 2000, Dyson came out with a washing machine called the ContraRotator. This was not successful. In 2002, Dyson created realization of optical illusions. Wrong Garden, an illusion displayed, was shown the following year. In 2006, the Dyson Airblade was launched. This is seen as an improvement over traditional hand dryers. He has, also, created the Air Multiplier, a fan without external blades and a heating unit and an ultrasonic humidifier is also available.
In 2002, Dyson set up the James Dyson Foundation to support design and engineering education. It operates in the UK, US, and Japan. In 2014, the Foundation made a large donation to the technology hub at the University of Cambridge. In 2015, the donation to Imperial College London led to the coming opening of the Dyson School of Design Engineering. The James Dyson Award supports the work of young designers and engineers.
James Dyson has received awards and honors since at least 1997. For example, in 1998 he received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2016 he received the Order of Merit. James Dyson married Deirdre Hindmarsh in 1968. They have three children. Dyson is Provost of the Royal Collage of Art and is Patron of the Design & Technology Association. Be inspired! Have a bright day!