Henry Sutton – Citizen Scientist inventor

Henry Sutton was an Australian born, self-taught inventor. He invented 23 different types of telephone, a prototype helicopter, the world’s first portable wireless radio, a colour-printing process and a carbon-filament light built just 16 days after Edison. Sutton built and drove the first motor car in Australia and conceived and built what is thought to be the world’s first four-wheel drive. Further details

While John Logie Baird is widely credited with inventing television, the concept was developed much earlier. Baird’s system was the first publicly demonstrated system, but it was based on principles developed by Sutton years earlier in 1885. Further details