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James Dyson (1947-), Designer and inventor

Sir James Dyson

Sitter in 4 portraits
Industrial designer. Inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, Dyson began working on his design in 1978, selling the first models in Japan in 1991 and opening a research centre and factory in Wiltshire in 1993. Other inventions include a bladeless fan, and an ultra-efficient hand dryer. The James Dyson Foundation encourages young people to consider engineering as a career, and the annual James Dyson award recognises young inventors.

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x87219

James Dyson

by Anne-Katrin Purkiss
bromide print, 1996
NPG x87219

x126101

James Dyson

by Steve Speller
cibachrome print, March 1996
NPG x126101

x126988

James Dyson

by Harry Borden
archival digital C-type print, 30 April 1999
NPG x126988