Who Invented the Elevator?
Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Sunday, August 4, 2002
I am often amazed at the miracles that are all around us.
Take, for instance, the elevator. It amazes me that anyone
would think of such an invention and yet not many buildings
over two stories are without one. The elevator has been
with us since the third century B.C. They were primitive
models of the modern day elevator powered by water, animals
or humans. In the 1800's, steam powered elevators were used
to move material in factories, mines and warehouses. Around
1850, a safety device was invented for elevators that prevented
them from falling in the event the supporting cable broke.
At the end of the 19th century, electric elevators came
into use. The use of the electric elevator made skyscrapers
a practical reality.
OK, nice history lesson, but so what? The "so what"
is in the everyday miracles that are all around us. If we
ever wonder what we have to be grateful for, we simply have
to look around. We live in an amazing world where incredible
inventions, simple and complicated, make our lives easier.
It is easy to take such things for granted because we have
become used to them and do not see them as anything special.
The inventions around us are special and they stand as a
reminder of what an amazing world we live in.
The question, "Who invented the elevator?" does
not have a one-person answer. No one person invented it.
The concept of the elevator has been around a long time.
What happened is many people made improvements on it until
we have the version of today. "The question is often
asked of those within the elevator industry, "When
and where was the elevator invented and by whom?" This
would elicit the same response if the question concerned
the birth of the ship, automobile, locomotive or aircraft.
All such complex machines are the brainchildren of countless
It takes the brains, skills, and ingenuity of many people
to create the everyday miracles that so often are taken
If you ever wonder what you have to be thankful for, look
around. You are surrounded by miracles. We could even go
one step further and be thankful for the people who, through
their ingenuity, skill, and foresight, created their dream
into a reality.
We live in an amazing time where we are surrounded by great
inventions and more are being created everyday. Just when
I think nothing else can be created, something new is. The
wonderful thing about the human mind is its ability to dream
it and create it.
How can you bring your dreams into reality?
Dreams + Creativity +
Brain power of many = Inventions
"Our inventions mirror our secret wishes." Lawrence
"Necessity is the mother of invention." Unknown
"I don't think necessity is the mother of invention,
invention arises directly from idleness, possibly also from
laziness. To save oneself trouble." Agatha Christie
"Inventions reached their limit long ago, and I see
no hope for further development." Julius Frontinus,
1st century A.D.