Ottawa Inventions

Published 04/05/2017 by Ottawa Magazine.

The capital’s tech industry may have expanded and contracted over the years, but its place in Ottawa’s identity is deep-rooted. As far back as the 19th century, entrepreneurs Thomas Ahearn and Warren Soper patented electric heaters to keep Ottawa’s streetcars warm, leading to the invention of the electric stove, which they showcased at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. From the “Ottawa Technology Cluster” heyday of the ’80s and ’90s, to ongoing public-sector R&D, here are some big, yet little-known, inventions from the public-private nexus we call home…

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