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Fascinating facts about the invention of the
pneumatic tire
by John Dunlop in 1887

PNEUMATIC TIRE
AT A GLANCE:
In 1887, John Dunlop developed the first practical pneumatic tire for his son's tricycle, tested it, and patented it on December 7, 1888. Dunlop’s development of the pneumatic tire arrived at a crucial time in the development of road transportation. Commercial production began in late 1890 in Belfast, Ireland. Dunlop partnered with William Du Cros to form a company that would later become the Dunlop Rubber Company.
THE STORY
RELATED INFO
Invention: pneumatic tire in 1887
Pneumatic Tire photo courtesy Dunlop Tire
Function: noun / air-filled tire / inflatable tire
Definition: A device covering the circumference of a wheel. It cushions the rider from a bumpy road, reduces wear and tear on the wheels and provides a friction bond between the vehicle and the ground
Patent: 4.116 (UK) issued March 8, 1889
435,995 (US) issued September 9, 1890
Inventor: John Boyd Dunlop
John Dunlop portrait courtesy Famous Scots
Criteria: First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: February 5, 1840 in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: October 23, 1921 in Duplin, Ireland
Nationality: Scottish
Milestones:
1844 Charles Goodyear invented vulcanization, the process used to produce cured rubber tires.
1846 Robert William Thomson invented and patented, but could not sell his pneumatic tire design
1887 John Boyd Dunlop invented and patented a pneumatic tire for use on his son's tricycle
1889 Dunlop's pneumativ tire patented in the UK and the US on September, 1890
1890 Dunlop and partner William Harvey Du Cros begin production of pneumatic tires in Ireland.
1891 Dunlop's patent invalidated in favor of the earlier Thampson patent
1898 Frank Seiberling starts Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio
1888 Michelin Tire Company incorporated on May 28,
1946 The radial tire was invented by Michelin
1924 Goodyear acquired Zeppelin patents, making possible construction of rigid airships in the
1937 Goodyear built and tested first American-made synthetic rubber tire
1947 Goodyear introduces first nylon tires
1999 Dunlop Rubber Company becomes a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
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John Dunlop
 Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
Charles Goodyear
 Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
Transportation History   from The Great Idea Finder
 

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