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Q: Inventor of the Ball Bearing ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Inventor of the Ball Bearing
Category: Science
Asked by: shorepace-ga
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Posted: 26 Apr 2005 08:46 PDT
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Question ID: 514435
Who is the inventor of the ball bearing?  Where did he live?
Subject: Re: Inventor of the Ball Bearing
Answered By: djbaker-ga on 26 Apr 2005 09:06 PDT
Greetings Shorepace,
Thanks for asking such an interesting question!  I was surprised to
learn that the original conceiver of the ball bearing was none other
then Italy's Leonardo da Vinci.

" Leonardo exerted himself to find ingenious  techniques of reducing
friction. Here, eight concave-sided spindles rotating  on their own
axes prevent lateral movements by the balls, which, however,  can
rotate freely. The sphere-and-spindle system reduces friction,
allowing  the top platform to turn easily even when carrying a heavy

The first person to actually get a patent for the ball bearing was an
english inventor named Phillip Vaughn.  He obtained a patent for the
ball bearing in 1791.

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Subject: Re: Inventor of the Ball Bearing
From: myoarin-ga on 26 Apr 2005 18:26 PDT
Really, djbaker-ga, that is very interesting.  I was thinking that
Sachs of Sachs and Fichtel or Fischer of Fiescher Kugellager, both in
Schweinfurt, Germany, must have invented ball bearings.  I learn
something every day.  ;-)

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