1952 was an eventful year for more than just political and economic reasons. 1952 was also a year of tremendous inventions. The results of the work done then by inventors and innovators are established features of our lives nowadays. The development of optical fibres made from glass and plastic, which enable data to be transmitted via light waves, can be dated back to 1952. The airbag, which is essential today for car safety purposes, was invented in 1952. Polio was to be combatted with the help of vaccination, which was used for the first time in 1952. Roll-on deodorants are an invention that can be traced back to 1952. Hovercraft did not exist before 1952. And, contrary to what some people may think, cloning is not a recent invention – cloning was already being carried out in 1952.
Jack Challoner and Trevor Baylis, 1001 Inventions That Changed the World, Quintessence Editions Ltd. 2009