Inventor of electronic breathalyser dies at 77
Dr Tom Parry Jones, the inventor of the electronic breathalyzer- a device to keep in check drunk drivers, died at his home in Anglesey, North Wales, aged 77, last night.
The inventor, a fellow of Bangor University, made a dramatic change in road safety with his breathalyzer, which brought to book numerous drunk drivers around the world, who previously went scot-free due to unreliable chemical bag systems and lack of other proper measures by the police, according to the Mirror.
Dr Jones, who came up with the idea in 1977, went on to sell his devices to police forces all over the world. According to the scientist, the biggest challenge was not in making the devices, but in producing, developing and selling them.
Dr Jones established Lion Laboratories to sell his creation but sold the firm to US technology giant MPD in 1991.
He was honoured with an Order of the British Empire for his contribution to road safety improvements. He also established a fund at Bangor University to encourage the youth to pursue careers in science.
He leaves behind his wife, Raj.