There are so many fantastic canadian inventions, but one of the greatest has got to be insulin.
Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best are perhaps the most well-known Canadian medical figures. Their names are synonymous
with the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921-22. Insulin is a life-saving treatment for people suffering
from diabetes, and it is hailed as one of the twentieth century's greatest medical discoveries. But the discovery of insulin
was in fact a collaborative process; it was the result of a four-man research team - physician Frederick Banting, graduate
student Charles Best, Professor of Physiology J.J.R. Macleod, and biochemist J.B. Collip.
"Electric Light," Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans.
It is commonly believed that the great American inventor Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, which he patented in the
United States in 1879. Edison's bulb, however, was predated by several electric light prototypes, one of which was patented
in 1874 by two Canadians.
Unfortunately, Woodward and Evans were unable to interest investors in their idea. In 1876, Woodward applied for a patent
in the United States. Edison saw the concept's potential and in 1879 bought the patent rights from Woodward. More......
The Original 1968 Wonderbra Ad
The Wonderbra is a type of push-up brassiere that gained worldwide prominence in the 1990s. Although the Wonderbra name was first trademarked in the U.S. in 1935, the brand was developed in Canada. Moses (Moe) Nadler, founder and majority owner of the Canadian Lady Corset Company, licensed the trademark for the Canadian market in 1939. By the 1960s the Canadian Lady brand had become known in Canada as "Wonderbra, the company." In 1961 the company introduced the Model
1300 plunge push-up bra. This bra became one of the best-selling Canadian styles and is virtually identical to today's Wonderbra. More....
Before the Second World War broke out, elastic materials were rationed and unavailable
for clothing. Israel (Hi) Pilot designed an improved cup with a diagonal slash, shoulder strap attachment. This innovation
on existing bra design provided more comfort and freedom of movement for the wearer.
James Naismith was the Canadian physical education instructor who invented basketball in
1891. James Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario and educated at McGill University and Presbyterian Cllege in Montreal.
The Father Of Snowmobiles
Joseph-Armand Bombardier obtains his first patent for the development of a tracked vehicle for travelling over snow, later named the "B7 snowmobile".
Joseph-Armand Bombardier obtains his first patent for the development
of a tracked vehicle for travelling over snow, later named the "B7 snowmobile". Born in Quebec in 1907, Joseph started inventing
at the early age of 10. By the time he was 15 he had already designed and built a machine that glided on snow. It resembled
a large sleigh powered by a Ford Model T engine with a wooden airplane propeller at the back.
The first Ski-Doo had a metal shell and wooden skis. It sold for $990. Polaris Industries of Minnesota first
sold a "motorized sled" in 1955 but the Bombardier design became the industry standard.
First Snow Blower
Canadian Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925.
Canadian inventor, Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925. The Montreal based inventor sold his first,
"Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower" to the nearby town of Outremont in 1927.
Arthur Sicard (December 17, 1876 - September 13, 1946) is credited as the inventor of the snow blower. Arthur Sicard
lived on a farm when he was a boy, and used to sell milk. Finding that snowfall would prevent his selling of milk, he dreamed
up an idea for a machine that would blow snow and clear up roadways. In 1925 Sicard completed his first prototype, based on
a concept he described in 1894. He founded Sicard Industries in Sainte-Therese, Quebec and by 1927 his vehicles were
in use removing snow from the roadways of the town of Outremont, now a borough of Montreal. His company is now a division
of SMI-Snowblast, Inc. of Watertown, New York, USA, as well as a Canadian operation, Sicard SSI Group, Inc. in Knowlton, Quebec.