Sir Joseph Swan FRS
(1828-1914)

Died aged c. 86

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan FRS (31 October 1828 – 27 May 1914) was an English physicist, chemist, and inventor. He is known as an independent early developer of a successful incandescent light bulb, and is the person responsible for developing and supplying the first incandescent lights used to illuminate homes and public buildings, including the Savoy Theatre, London, in 1881. In 1904, Swan was knighted by King Edward VII, awarded the Royal Society's Hughes Medal, and was made an honorary member of the Pharmaceutical Society. He had received the highest decoration in France, the Legion of Honour, when he visited the 1881 International Exposition of Electricity, Paris. The exhibition included displays of his inventions, and the city was lit with his electric lighting.

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Commemorated on 5 plaques

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Sir Joseph Wilson Swan FRS (1828-1914) Chemist, physicist and inventor of the incandescent light bulb which he first demonstrated at a public lecture here on 3 February 1879. Nearby Mosley Street was the first street in the world to be lit by such electric bulbs.

The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they first demonstrated the incandescent light bulb at a public lecture

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828-1914) lived here 1869-1883. A physicist and chemist, his experiments here led to him inventing the first electric light bulb. Underhill was the first house in the world to be wired for domestic electric lighting.

Underhill Residential Home, Kell's Lane, Low Fell, Gateshead, United Kingdom where they lived and experimented

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan 1828-1914 Inventor of the incandescent lamp Sir James Dewar 1842-1923 Inventor of the vacuum flask, and Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming 1849-1945 Inventor of the diode valve, were all connected with this site. Here began the post industrial revolution - the technological revolution.

East Duck Lees Lane, Enfield, London, United Kingdom where they was

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan D.Sc. F.R.S. Inventor of the electric incandescent lamp and a pioneer in the science of photography. He was born in Sunderland 31st Oct., 1828 and died 27th. May 1914. This tablet was erected by the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Co., Ltd., in recognition of the great services which Sir Joseph rendered to the electrical industry. Fiat Lux. Richard A. Ray 1931 A.R.C.A

Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they was

Sir Joseph Swan 1828-1914. The inventor of the incandescent light bulb joined John Mawson’s chemist and druggist firm at 13, Mosley Street, in 1846. His experiments here led to important improvements in photographic processing.

Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they worked