BT celebrated ten of the top UK inventors this week by displaying their names on the iconic BT Tower in Central London.
The ten inventors, profiled in this gallery, were chosen by a sample of adults and children. Unfortunately, only 31 percent of children could name a UK inventor, with Alexander Graham Bell, creator of the telephone, the most popular answer.
BT is concerned that the UK population no longer considers itself to be inventive and that people today are failing to embrace the country’s history of invention.
“As a company with a long history of innovation, BT wants to celebrate inventors past and present – and help bring invention home,” said Tim Whitley, managing director, research and innovation at BT. “That’s why we’ve launched the very first National Inventors Day, and our new report, to raise awareness of the contribution that great British inventors continue to make to society, and to inspire the next generation of inventive thinkers.”