Peter Dearman celebrated at Royal Society dinner


Originally dismissed 17 years ago as a “wind-up” by Lord Alan Sugar, Dearman engine inventor Peter Dearman received a surprise message from the British business mogul as he was celebrated at a Royal Society dinner.

In November 2001, Dearman wrote to then Sir Alan Sugar saying he had invented an engine that could run on air, produced no pollution, and was cheap to manufacture.

The TV star’s reply, published in the Daily Mirror at the time, said “I was not sure whether your email was one of my pals trying to wind me up” before asking engineers to contact Dearman and warning “if you are trying to pull the wool over their eyes, forget it, as any credible organisation will just have a good laugh”.

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