Hubert Cecil Booth


Hubert Cecil Booth (4 July 1871 – 14 January 1955) was an English engineer known for inventing one of the first powered vacuum cleaners.  and also Booth’s inspiration was an American inventor who demonstrated a device blowing the dust off chairs at a theatre in London in 1901.


Hubert Cecil Booth is the British Engineer, Helped to Revolutionise the way we clean our homes.

Hubert Cecil Booth is known for introducing one of the first powered vacuum cleaners. Before Booth introduced his version of the vacuum cleaner, cleaning machines blew or brushed dirt away, instead of sucking it up.

As Booth recalled decades later, in 1901 he attended “a demonstration of an American machine by its inventor” at the Empire Music Hall in London.


Celebrating in a Google Doodle on the 147 anniversary of his birthday, Booth was the first to conceive a device that sucked up dirt instead of blowing it away.

He also designed Ferris wheels, suspension bridges, and factories. Later he became Chairman and Managing Director of the British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Co.


Some Life Biography


In December 1892 he enters the drawing office of Maudslay Sons & FieldLambeth, London under Mr. Charles Sells, as a civil engineer. In this capacity, he designed bridges and large Ferris wheels for amusement parks in London, BlackpoolParis, and Vienna. He also worked on the design of engines for Royal Navy battleships.


An electric-powered device soon followed, which Booth used to offer cleaning services to businesses through his British Vacuum Cleaner Company.

Despite drawing noise complaints, the machines received the royal seal of approval and were enlisted to clean the carpets of Westminster Abbey before Edward VII’s coronation.

They were also used to clean naval barracks, as well as factories, theatres, and shops.

Hubert Cecil Booth

The vacuum even led to Booth’s arrest after one of his inventions inadvertently sucked up silver dust from coins at the Royal Mint. However, he was soon released.

Booth later turned his focus to the domestic market after founding Goblin, a company which manufactured his vacuum cleaners for sale.



However, it was William Henry Hoover’s rival firm which would come to dominate that market and become synonymous with the modern-day vacuum. Booth received his first patents on 18 February and 30 August 1901Booth founded Goblin his company to sell vacuum cleaning services and refined his invention over the next several decades.


Though Goblin lost out to competition from Hoover in the household vacuum market, his company successfully turned its focus to the industrial market, building ever-larger models for factories and warehouses. Booth’s company, now BVC, lives on today as a unit of pneumatic tube system maker Quirepace Ltd.

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