Hubert Cecil Booth
Hubert Cecil Booth, born on 4th of July 1871 is a British engineer who gave a good contribution to today’s vacuum cleaner. He was also the introducer of the Ferris wheels, few factories and also suspension bridges. He is the chairperson and CEO of the British vacuum cleaner and Engineering and Co.
In the year 1860, Daniel Hess introduced a machine which had bellows for suction functions and a brush that rotates around itself. In the year 1869, another patent was given for the invention of Ives McGaffy’s hand-pumped vacuum cleaner. Later around the year 1901 on August 30th, Cecil Booth introduced the idea of the vacuum cleaner which he made has a large contraption that was built on a wagon. This was set up for outside buildings and for servicing multiple rooms by its hoses through the windows.
Cecil Booth was the first person for conceiving the idea of a powered vacuum cleaner which was very influential for the people at those early years for removing dust particles and keeping their rooms clean. In the same year, King Camp Gillette had introduced his razor which was patented In Australia and he later produced a new idea called as the “Puffing Billy” and is presently seen in shops as the modern vacuum cleaner.
Hubert Cecil Booth was born in Gloucester, England in the year 1871. Abraham Booth, the father of Cecil Booth was a lumber merchant. Hubert had a total count of 5 brothers. He studied in the Gloucester College and in the district school of Gloucester under the direction of Rev. H. Lloyed Brereton. Under Professor William Kotorne Anvin FRS, Hubert had studied and completed 3 years of civil engineering and mechanical engineering. After is Associateship diploma – ACGI, he successfully came at 2nd in the technical department and became the student of The Institution of Civil Engineers.
Hubert was working in the design of engines and machines for the battleships of the Royal Navy at that time. After viewing the inappropriate exhibition and demonstration of the rail car’s compressed air based cleaning systems at St. Pancras Station, he reasoned that inexperienced air passing into a filter may be the best system, and thus he invented an early small version of the vacuum cleaner that was under the manufacturing of Fielding & Gloucester.
The approach of Hubert Cecil was later better educated for the significance given to using it in industries and more than the use of homes and Booth’s company was soon overtaken by his early time rivalry person, Hoover. He then got his British patents for his innovative work on February 18th and also on August 30th, 1901. Then, his branding company started specializing in industrial vacuum cleaners. Before Booth, he had introduced his ideas of the vacuum cleaner as cleaning a car’s muzzle by having the dirt aside, instead of sucking the particles outside. The contemporary Vacuum cleaners that we see today in the shops are fully based upon the principle ideas of Booth.
Hubert Cecil Booth was married to one of the daughters of Francis Tring Pierce, who was the director of Priday, Metford and Company Limited. He was the pal of Hugh Pembroke Voles. In the year 1952, Booth retired from his British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Co. Hubert expired on January 14th in the year 1955 in a nursing home in Croydon in England at the age of 83.
“An American Machine”
In the year 1901, Hubert was about to give a demonstration of his innovation which he called it as “an American machine”. This was about to take place at the Empire Music Hall in London. This American machine or device is much intended to clean the railway cars and it consisted of an air pump that will pump the air outside and will blow the dust away. Unfortunately, the device had functioned for that time alone and it did not get rid of the dust particle.
The event was not satisfying for Booth, and he was having the later thoughts that there is definitely a better solution that exists. He then thought that if a filter is placed in front of the air pump then the rotation of the air will get reversed and thus the particles enter the machine instead to the exit way and hence the machine can be built for much efficient cleaning works.
So Hubert decided to try a new experiment: He placed and a handkerchief in the chair of a restaurant and then he sucked in air at the surface area of the kerchief and he observed that there was the hum of articles that were gathered around the sucked in that area. And then the successful ideas of the vacuum cleaner grew. Our history does not tell about what other patrons thought about this idea of Hubert.