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.