Henry Sutton is one of Australia's greatest inventors, and the true extent of his genius and how he changed the world has never been revealed. But with your help this book can be published and Henry's contribution to scientific and innovation history can be told.
I am Lorayne Branch, Henry Sutton's great grand-daughter, and I am the researcher and author. For the past 9 years I have been researching records, files and archives in libraries around the world to put together the full story of what Henry achieved and his effect upon the development of technology around the world.
I have had great support for my book about Henry from science journalist Robyn Williams, Professor Mark Dodgson from the University of Queensland and the members of Telsoc, the Telecommunication Society of Australia and many other organisations and people.
Book review by:
Professor Mark Dodgson FASSA, FRSA
Director Technology & Innovation Management Centre
The University of Queensland.
I have no hesitation in claiming Henry Sutton is Australia’s greatest ever inventor and, indeed, one of the greatest inventors the world has ever seen. The range of his inventions is extraordinary, including in lighting, batteries, telephony and wireless telegraphy, photography, flight, microscopy, and car engines. Yet he remains shamefully unheralded. Admired and befriended by some of the great scientists and engineers of his time, such as Nikola Tesla and Alexander Graham Bell, his achievements are largely unrecognized. This Australian inventor, working in isolation in Ballarat in the decades around the turn of the 20 th century, deserves a place in the pantheon of contributors to the modern technological age.
Sutton’s great granddaughter, Lorayne Branch, has set out to tell his story and she tells it very well. The depth of her research is impressive. She ably describes Sutton’s technical contributions alongside the personal triumphs and tragedies of this unassuming and modest man. This history of a great Australian is and of itself a valuable contribution that should be widely available, but there are also important contemporary issues it raises which continue to need to be addressed.
Australian culture still does not encourage and celebrate inventors and entrepreneurs. Government policies designed to support innovation remain piecemeal, uncoordinated and capable of producing the sorts of bureaucratic hurdles Sutton faced. Australian businesses still aren’t making the investments in research and technology that our international competitors think are so obviously necessary.
We in Australia venerate our great achievers: our sportsmen and women, politicians, soldiers and public figures, and even the occasional scientist. We have a strong urge to demonstrate our abilities and relevance on the world stage. It is high time our inventors and innovators were also suitably celebrated. Branch’s book on Henry Sutton makes a great contribution to tackling this pressing need.
Professor Mark Dodgson
THE BOOK "HENRY SUTTON THE INNOVATIVE MAN" HAS NOW BEEN PUBLISHED BUT A LITTLE MORE IS NEEDED TO HELP PROMOTE THE BOOK AND HENRY SUTTON'S STORY TO HELP GET IT INTO LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS ETC AND WILL HELP GET MORE BOOKS PRINTED
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