Thu, 9 September 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

James Dyson – A Life of Invention

In Conversation with Matthew Syed

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His name is a byword for revolutionary innovation and design. But how did James Dyson become Britain’s most celebrated inventor? He joins Matthew Syed to tell his remarkable story.

How did a Royal College of Art graduate risk everything to found and lead one of the most inventive technology companies in the world?

In this livestream In Conversation event hosted by bestselling author and Times columnist Matthew Syed, Dyson will share the story of his life as an inventor and entrepreneur and explain why he is convinced that the solution to the world’s problems will be met by young engineering minds. It is a compelling and dramatic tale, with many obstacles overcome. Dyson has always looked to the future, even setting up his own university to help provide the next generation of engineers and designers. For, as he says, ‘everything changes all the time, so experience is of little use’.

Famously, over a four-year period, James Dyson made 5,127 prototypes of the cyclonic vacuum cleaner that would transform the way houses are cleaned around the world. In devoting all his resources to iteratively developing the technology, he risked it all, but out of many failures and setbacks came hard-fought success. His products – including vacuum cleaners, hair dryers and hair stylers, and fans and purifiers – are not only revolutionary technologies, but design classics.

This event is presented in partnership with Julius Baer.

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James Dyson

Inventor and Entrepreneur

James Dyson was born in Norfolk in 1947 and studied at the Royal College of Art in London, before joining Rotork to engineer and make the Sea Truck, a high-speed flat-bottomed boat, with Jeremy Fry. Best known for his revolutionary cyclonic vacuum cleaner, his products have been sold around the world, renowned for their innovative technology, design and efficiency. James believes that engineers can improve the world and he helps them to do so through the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, The James Dyson Foundation, and the annual James Dyson Award.

Matthew Syed

Author and Columnist

Matthew Syed is a leading columnist and feature writer for The Times and the host of the UK’s biggest podcast: Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy on BBC Radio 5.  Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three times Commonwealth Champion, and he twice represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games. Matthew is the writer of two books Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice,  and Black Box Thinking, which was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller.