Faraday powers to top inventor honour (UK)

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The scientist whose discoveries led to the development of the electric motor has been hailed as the greatest inventor in British history.

Michael Faraday, pictured, a pioneer in electrochemistry, won a quarter of the vote in a poll of more than 1,200 adults.

He was followed by engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (13 per cent), who designed the first propeller-driven steamship, and William Caxton (9 per cent) who introduced the printing press to England.

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