Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The lock

The lock

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

The lock

This is one of the many electric locks currently used at the National Museum of Science and Technology. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

The lock

Close-up of a richly decorated and complex lock which was manufactured in 1846. This lock was a locksmith’s “masterpiece”. TM9990. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

Rubrik för små genier

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The lock

Man invented keys and locks to protect home and property. Simple locks and keys made of wood were used in Egypt 4000 years ago. Swedish inventor Christopher Polhem designed a padlock in the beginning of the 1700s, which was manufactured until the 1950s.

For as long as people designed locks, people have tried to crack them. In 1784 the Englishman, Joseph Bramah, invented a lock and offered a large sum of money to anyone who could open it without a key. After 67 years the lockmaker Hobbs managed to do it in the end, who himself invented a complicated lock for banks.

Modern locks are electronic and are opened with a code or key card. There are even locks with electronic fingerprint readers and locks which scan the iris of the human eye.

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