Emily Cummins

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Emily Cummins
Emily Cummins presenting at Cusp Conference 2011
Emily Cummins presenting at Cusp Conference 2011
Born 11 February 1987 (1987-02-11) (age 30)
Fields British inventor

Emily Jayne Cummins (born 11 February 1987) is an English inventor and entrepreneur.[1][2][3]

Cummins is a student at Leeds University, studying Management and Sustainability.

Her entry into a sustainable design competition, a pullable water carrier for manual workers in Africa, earned her a Technology Woman of the Future award in 2006.[4][5]

She is currently developing a re-designed evaporative refrigerator, based on the zeer evaporative cooler originally invented and engineered by Mohammed Bah Abba,[6][7] which can be used to transport and store temperature-sensitive drugs in developing countries,[8] for which she won a Female Innovator of the Year for 2007 from the British Female Inventors and Innovators Network[9] as well as a £12,000 sponsorship from NESTA.[5][8] In 2009 Cummins was named one of the Barclays Women of the Year for the device.[10] In 2010, Cummings was selected as an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree by a jury of Nobel prize winners during an awards ceremony in Norway.[11] In 2010, Junior Chamber International honours ten outstanding people under 40 each year, and in 2010 she was honoured at a ceremony in Japan for "extraordinary work in sustainable product design and innovation".[12]


  1. ^ Byard, Amy (13 April 2012). "The foundations of entrepreneurial success: a shed and a hammer". The Guardian. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Stokes, Paul (7 January 2009). "Student inventor helps third world from granddad's potting shed". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "'The Fridge Lady' talks about her work". BBC Radio 4. 15 January 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Women of the Future awards : Winners 2006
  5. ^ a b Fayed has designs on great success as a 'woman of the future', Arifa Akbar, The Independent, November 6, 2006
  6. ^ "Rolex Awards for Enterprise : Mohammed Bah Abba : Project". rolexawards.com. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Solar Fridge Invented (Again) by UK Student : TreeHugger". treehugger.com. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b 2007's next big things, The Independent, December 30, 2006.
  9. ^ "BFIIN Award Winners and Sponsors". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Prize for electricity-free fridge". BBC News. 13 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Staff writer (25 October 2010). "British female student awarded top prize by Nobel winners for solar-powered fridge invention". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ Holland, Chris (2 September 2010). "Award-winningCross Hills inventor will receive her latest honour at ceremony in Japan". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 

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