and their descendants have been a major influence in world affairs for generations.
Below are but a few of the famous Scots we found.
Can you guess their contributions? The answers are below.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847 invented the telephone. Give Scotland a call sometime.
Conceived and founded the Encyclopedia Britannica in Edinburgh,
Scotland in 1768.
Developed the pneumatic tire.
Invented the bicycle, (but never patented it).
Developed the refining oil and created the first oil industry near Edinburgh.
Famous missionary in Africa..."Dr. Livingston I presume?"
Inventor of the steam condensing engine and the electric unit of power,
the Watt was named after James.
U.S. steel magnate and great philanthropist.
The father of modern Geology.
Established the U.S. Navy.
Founder of the U.S. National Park system.
Defined the concept of logarithms and invented the decimal point.
A legendry U.S. detective born in Scotland formed the first detective
agency and was head of the U.S. Secret Service 1861 - 1862.
Chiefly responsible for the discovery of Helium, Argon, Neon, Krypton
Famous Scots author of Treasure Island and many other books.
Pioneered the use of antiseptics. (Listerine mouth wash might also
ring a bell)