Did you know?
Henry Briggs, born near Halifax in 1561, was responsible for changing the system of logarithms invented by John Napier into base 10, making them much easier to work with.
Joseph Priestly, born near Batley in 1733, discovered oxygen which he first isolated in August 1774. He also discovered soda water!
Born in Foulby near Wakefield in 1693, John Harrison invented the marine chronometer. It revolutionised long-distance navigation by enabling the accurate calculation of longitude at sea. The government awarded him £20,000 – a fortune at the time.