9. Automatic kettle: Peter Hobbs, 1955
It is common knowledge around the world just how much the British love their cup of tea. Morning time, have a cuppa. What about the afternoon? Simply got to have another cuppa. How would one get through the day without twenty thousand cups of tea when the drizzling rain is going on outside in England. Of course, the stove top and a pot of water worked well enough for centuries. However, the time it takes to boil the water in this way means less time for another cuppa. So, Peter Hobbs took care of this in 1955 by inventing the automatic kettle. He was cofounder of the company many of us know, and rely on today, Russell Hobbs. Even though back in 1955 the automatic kettle was expensive and ugly, it didn’t take long for it be accepted into society and modified to a thing of beauty, elegance, and most importantly, convenience for that cuppa.