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The Great British Innovation Vote was a public vote to discover the nation's favourite invention or discovery, from an exciting selection of major British advances over the past century. We asked nine Research Fellows to describe an innovation in their field and how it has influenced their research today. You can read these below.
See all the innovations on the Great British Innovation Vote website.
Dr Jamie WarnerUniversity of Oxford
Dr Heather Whalley University of Edinburgh
Dr Hugh TuffenLancaster University
Dr Christophe Corre University of Warwick
Dr Tim WrightUniversity of Leeds
Dr Richard Massey University of Durham
Dr Rachael Pearson University College London
Dr Paulo Oliva Queen Mary University of London
Dr Chris Lintott University of Oxford
The Great British Innovation Vote was a partnership with the Science Museum, British Science Association, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Royal Academy of Engineering, Engineering UK and the GREAT campaign.
Our Sovereign Science exhibition featured innovations and discoveries relating to DNA, medicine, computing, carbon, the Earth and the Universe. Many of these are included in the Great British Innovation Vote.
You can also read about Frederick Gowland Hopkins OM FRS who discovered vitamins and Frank Brian Mercer OBE FRS who invented the Netlon process. Their work is featured in the poll, alongside that of many other Fellows of the Royal Society.
The Year of Science and Industry is a showcase of excellence in UK industrial science and aims to strengthen links between the Society, industry, academia and the public.
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