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John Boyd Dunlop

John Dunlop
(1840-1921)

Inventor and pioneer of the pneumatic tyre

A vet who developed the pneumatic tyre to cushion his son’s bike rides on bumpy cobbled streets. He patented his invention in 1888. He went into partnership with
Harvey du Cros, and their Dublin-based company later became the Dunlop Rubber
Company Ltd. Dunlop did not make much money out of his invention.