Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci. Real name Henry Theydon-Bois. Born Dulwich 1782. Died aged 103 in Croydon 1885.
Outstanding Victorian visionary and inventor, responsible for the quantum technological leap that transformed an agricultural society in to a steam-driven sweatshop that fuelled the British Empire. Leonardo da Vinci invented the following:
- Jet aeroplanes
- Space travel
- Microwave ovens
- The tampon
- The screw cap bottle-opening bayonet phone
- The SLR
Contrary to popular belief, da Vinci was not an Italian renaissance artist - an urban myth given credence by numerous spurious wiki entries. A popular London Underground station was named in his honour in 1975... probably.