Sir James Dyson was the famous ‘vacuum king’ who founded an entire industry based on one simple ideal: he believed that things should work and work well. Dyson initially became famous for inventing the first bagless vacuum cleaner and the quote, “I think everything should work properly.”
The bag-free idea for vacuum cleaners was an idea that quickly caught on, making Dyson a household name in vacuum cleaners. No longer just an inventor of a vacuum cleaner, the 66-year-old British inventor is now famous for several other vacuum cleaner models. bagless vacuum cleaner, hand dryers, and a new type of fan called the ‘Air Doubler.’ Sir James Dyson even supports science and engineering education through the Sir James Dyson Foundation!
Here are ten more facts about the vacuum tycoon you might not have guessed:
1. More than 5,000 trials
Dyson had tried more than 5,000 prototypes before he struck gold with the bagless DC-07 in 2002. He treated each failure as a learning experience that got him to where he is today.
2. He is an avid runner
Sir James Dyson was an avid runner and often came up with his best ideas while running. He has run his whole life; his first real memory was of running as a child up and down the dunes at Blakeney Point. He has encouraged this habit in his children and occasionally runs with them.]
3. She has a fashion style thanks to her daughter
Her daughter and son-in-law help design her clothes. As fashion designers, they often help create Sir James’ signature style. She prefers to dress well and play with fashion, often saying that she doesn’t have to dress in a boring way just because she makes vacuum cleaners. Fashion and good design are who she is, and this is reflected in her innovative designs.
4. Creating the James Dyson Foundation
Sir James Dyson created The James Dyson Foundation to support education in design and engineering in 2002. They encourage students to study the principles of design and engineering, emphasizing how important it is not to be afraid of failure.
5. Royal title as Knight Scholar
He was awarded a Knight’s Degree by the United Kingdom at the 2006/2007 New Year Awards.
6. A rector of the Royal College of Art
He is currently the chancellor at Royal College of Art in London. Previously, he received an honorary degree, a doctorate in engineering, from the University of Bath in 2000.
7. Support unified European currency
Sir James was a strong supporter of a unified European single currency and chaired the board that pushed for the UK to move to the Euro.]
8. Won the International Design Fair award in Japan
The first prototype that was sold was called the G-Force. It sold for over 2000 GBP in Japanese catalog companies. It won the 1991 International Design Fair award in Japan.
9. Was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees with Museum Design
Dyson was chair of the Board of Trustees with the Museum of Design until resigning in 2004, over concerns that the museum was becoming too reliant on style.
10. Likes to sneak out!
Sir Dyson used to sneak out of his dormitory for his run at night. Such dedication!
When it comes to the King of Vacuum Cleaners, Sir James Dyson has several hidden layers. From being knighted fairly recently by the British Empire to his hidden love of running, he is a walking example of tenacity and enthusiasm. His Dyson foundation has helped many students become engineers and he even has an honorary doctorate in engineering. For someone who is often characterized only as the designer of the vacuum cleaner, Sir James Dyson has a lot more to offer than you might expect for his love of simplicity.
Byron White love blogs about home improvement, DIY tips and also interior design. You can also find some of his contributions at Great4Home.com