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Full name : Frank Hornby
Alias : Frank Hornby
Gender : Men
Country : England
Birthday : 15-05-1863
Address : Liverpool
Animals : The Pig
Zodiac : Taurus
Died : 21-09-1936
Father : John Oswald Hornby
Mother : Martha Thomlinson
Siblings :
Wife : Clara Walker
Children : Roland Hornby, Douglas Hornby, Patricia Hornby
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Activists : Inventors & Discoverers

Frank Hornby was the famous British inventor, businessman and politician who revolutionized the concept of toy-making through engineering principles. His father was a provisions merchant which may have roused his curiosity about the working of different things. At the tender age of sixteen he left school, as he did not believe in traditional education and started working as a cashier for his father. After his father’s death Frank worked as a bookkeeper for David High Elliot. It was during this time, he started making toys in a workshop constructed at home from sheet metal. Later he realized the advantage of separate interchangeable parts, which can be assembled and bolted to create a number of models with the same components. Hornby, realizing the potential of his discovery decided to market his products and also obtained a patent for his designs. Initially the business was set up as ‘Mechanics Made Easy’ and it soon began flourishing. The toys were enjoyable, different and educational for children and eventually the brand adopted the name ‘Meccano’. The renowned entrepreneur had no engineering degree or conventional education, but it was his strong desire which led to the birth of ‘Meccano’. Later he also delved into other products like Dinky toys and Hornby train models. He was a MP for the Conservative party in later years and died a millionaire.

 

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