Stevenson ran the first passenger steam train from Manchester to Liverpool, Rutherford split the Atom and discovered and named the proton in Manchester. It was in Manchester that Whitworth created his international gauge which enabled the first mass production and the first production of machinery that could be replicated anywhere in the world. The first overland air-flight in Europe was from London to Manchester in 1910, and the first modern computer was created in Manchester thanks to Alan Turing.
Manchester gave us the Samuel Crompton’s spinning mule; Richard Arkwright built the first steam powered mill in Manchester; Sir William Fairbairn’s riveting machine, John Kay’s flying shuttle and the Rev George Garrett built the first steam submarine in Manchester (okay it sank but it worked before it sank). The first telephone exchange in the UK was in Manchester, and the first canal of the industrial era was opened in Manchester (the Bridgewater Canal).
Today Manchester is still making scientific history with Graphine, sub-atomic research at Cearn, the International work in space exploration centred at Joddrell Bank and much more.
Manchester is the home of British Science and it is absolutely right that we have a science museum in our city, indeed it could be argued that the National Science Museum should be located in this City when you look at our history.