James Dyson(1947-), Designer and inventor
Sir James Dyson
Sitter in 4 portraits
The industrial designer James Dyson began designing a bag-less vacuum cleaner in 1978 and sold the first models in 1991. Others of his inventions include a bladeless fan and an ultra-efficient hand dryer. In 1993 he opened a research centre and factory in Wiltshire. 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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