Inventors

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Inventors: This article is dedicated to the men and women who were motivated to use their imagination and ingenuity to invent some of the unique inventions that changed the world. These Inventors were pioneers in their field, visionaries with original new ideas, humanitarians who sought to improve the lives of people and the entrepreneurs and innovators who took risks regarding new ideas and business processes. You will find details of the inventions and discoveries made by the inventors, the dates in which the inventions were made and the names nationalities of the inventors.

Inventors (Inventors): The A- Z list of Inventors and their discoveries span the ages. Some of the names such as Alexander Fleming, Alfred Nobel, Benjamin Franklin, Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, George Stephenson, James Watt, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Alva Edison are very familiar but do we know what these famous inventors actually invented? The clue to their inventions is often in the name of the inventors made recognisable by the products and devices they invented. These familiar sounding inventors include Charles Goodyear, Clarence Birdseye, Samuel Colt, Erno Rubik, Henry Ford, James Dyson, Rudolf Diesel and Samuel Morse. The lesser known inventors are also included on the list!

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Abner Doubleday:
Abner Doubleday is generally credited with the invention of Baseball in 1839.
Adam Osborne
(Inventors): The English / American computer designer, author and publisher Adam Osborne invented the Laptop in 1981 during the Technology and Information Age.
Adolph Rickenbacker (Inventors): The Swiss engineer and co-founder of the Rickenbacker guitar company Adolph Rickenbacker invented the Electric Guitar in 1956 during the Cold War Era. Also refer to Who invented the guitar.
Adolphe Sax: The Belgium musician and maker of musical instruments Adolphe Sax invented the Saxophone in 1846 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860).
Alan Turing (Inventors): The British computer scientist and mathematician invented the Turing Machine, an electromechanical machine that broke the secret code of the Enigma machine.
Albert Einstein: Albert Einstein discovered the general theory of relativity E = mc2 (with new ways of looking at time, space, matter, energy and gravity) in 1915
Alfred Vail: Morse Code was co-invented in 1838 by the American inventors Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail during the Industrial Revolution.
Alessandro Volta (Inventors): The Italian chemist and physicist Alessandro Volta invented the Battery in 1800 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860).
Alexander Bain: The Scottish philanthropist, Alexander Bain invented the Fax Machine in 1843 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914).
Alexander Fleming:
Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in 1928 and used the antibiotic drug used to treat infection
Alexander Graham Bell:
The Scottish scientist and teacher of the deaf Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone in 1876 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era.
Alexander ​Miles: The African American inventor Alexander ​Miles invented an automatically opening and closing elevator door in 1887. Refer to the Invention of Elevators.
Alfred Nobel (Inventors): The Swedish scientist, engineer, chemist and industrialist Alfred Nobel invented Dynamite in 1867 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Alfred P. Southwick (Inventors): The American inventor and dentist Alfred P. Southwick invented the Electric Chair in 1881 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)

Alva J. Fisher (Inventors): The American inventor Alva J. Fisher is credited with the invention of the first Electric Washing Machine based on a motor in 1907 when he was at the Hurley Washing Machine Company.
Andrea Amati: The Italian musician and maker of musical instruments Andrea Amati invented the Violin in 1542 during the Renaissance (1350 to 1700)
Antoine Louis (Inventors):
The Guillotine was invented in 1792 by the French surgeon Antoine Louis and its use was recommended by Dr. Joseph I. Guillotin during the French Revolution.
Archimedes (Inventors): The Greek Inventor Archimedes (c. 287–212 BC) invented the Archimedes screw c200 BC
Arthur Fry and Spencer Silver
(Inventors): The inventors Arthur Fry and Spencer Silver invented the Post It Notes in 1974 during the Technology and Information Age
Arthur Wynne (Inventors): The English inventor and journalist Arthur Wynne invented the Crossword in 1913 during the WW1 Era

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Barnes Wallis (Inventors): The English scientist, designer and engineer Barnes Wallis invented the Bouncing Bomb in April 1942 during the WW2 Era (1939 - 1945)

Bartolomeo Cristofori: The Italian musician and maker of musical instruments Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the Piano c.1709 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Benjamin Franklin
: The American inventor, politician and scientist Benjamin Franklin is associated with the discovery of  Electricity and invented the Lightning Rod in 1747 during the First US Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860). Benjamin Franklin also invented invented the first pair of Bifocals in 1784.
Bill Bowerman:
Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman founded Nike, Inc. on May 30, 1971.
Bill Gates
: The American inventor, philanthropist, author, entrepreneur and businessman Bill Gates, together with co-founder Paul Allen, established Microsoft in 1975 during the Technology and Information Age
Blaise Pascal
: The French Christian philosopher, physicist, mathematician and author Blaise Pascal invented the Mechanical Calculator in 1642 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1700)

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Caleb Davis Bradham
: The American inventor, pharmacist and businessman Caleb Davis Bradham invented Pepsi in 1893 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914).
Cai Lun:
The Chinese court eunuch Cai Lun (AD 48 - 121) is credited with the invention of Paper and the paper-making process in 105AD.
Caresse Crosby
: The American inventor, publisher and patron of the literary arts Caresse Crosby invented the Bra in 1913 during the WW1 Era (1914 - 1918)
Carl von Linde
: The German scientist, engineer and businessman Carl von Linde invented the Refrigerator in 1876 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim: Invented YouTube in 2005 during the Technology and Information Age
Charles Babbage:
The English Inventor Charles Babbage invented the concept of a programmable Computer in 1842
Charles Darrow
: The American inventor, lawyer and businessman Charles Darrow invented Monopoly in 1935 during the Interwar Period (1918 - 1939).
Charles Feltman
: The American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Charles Feltman invented the Hot Dog in 1867 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Charles Goodyear
: The American inventor, chemist and engineer Charles Goodyear invented Vulcanized Rubber in 1839.
Charles Henry Gould (Inventors): The American inventor, musician and librarian Charles Henry Gould invented the Stapler in 1868 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Charlie Nagreen (Inventors): The American inventor, chef and businessman Charlie Nagreen invented the Hamburger in 1885 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Christiaan Huygens (Inventors): The Dutch mathematician, scientist, astronomer and diplomat Christiaan Huygens invented the Pendulum Clock in 1656 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1700)
Christopher Cockerell (Inventors): The English designer and engineer Christopher Cockerell invented the Hovercraft in 1955 during the Cold War Era
Christopher Latham Sholes: The American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes invented the Typewriter in 1867 and the QWERTY Keyboard in 1868
Chuck Hull (Inventors): The American inventor, engineer and co-founder of 3D Systems Inc. Chuck Hull invented the 3D Printer in 1986 during the Technology and Information Age

Clarence Birdseye
: The American inventor, naturalist, entrepreneur and businessman Clarence Birdseye invented the quick freezing method to produce Frozen Food in 1922 during the Interwar Period (1918 - 1939).
Coenraad van Houten:
The chocolate bar was invented following the invention of the Cocoa Press by Coenraad van Houten in 1928.
Colonel Sanders: Colonel Sanders founded the fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in 1930.
Cornelis Drebbel (Inventors): The Dutch engraver, glassworker and entrepreneur Cornelis Drebbel invented the Submarine in 1620 during the Renaissance (1350 to 1700)
Cyrus McCormick (Inventors): The American inventor, farmer, designer and industrialist Cyrus McCormick invented the Mechanical Reaper in 1831 during the First US Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)

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Daisuke Inoue (Inventors): The Japanese Inventor Daisuke Inoue invented the Karaoke machine in 1971
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (Inventors): The Polish physicist, engineer, and glassworker Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented thermometer in 1714 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Daniel Hess (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Daniel Hess invented the Vacuum Cleaner in 1860 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Dean Kamen (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman, entrepreneur and engineer Dean Kamen invented the Segway in 2001 during the Technology and Information Age.
DJ Kool Herc: DJ Kool Herc developed the style that evolved into Hip Hop music c. 1970
Dimitri Mendeleev (Inventors): The Russian physicist, chemist and meteorologist invented the Periodic Table in 1869 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Dionysius the Elder: Dionysius the Elder invented the Catapult c. 400 BCE during the Ancient Greek period (600 BC - 400AD)
Diophantus of Alexandria: The name of the mathematician credited with inventing Algebra is Diophantus of Alexandria.
Douglas Carl Engelbart (Inventors): The American inventor, designer and engineer Douglas Engelbart invented the Computer Mouse in 1964 during the Technology and Information Age
Dr. J. Robert Cade (Inventors): The American inventor and physician Dr. J. Robert Cade invented Gatorade in 1965 during the Cold War Era
Dr. Joseph I. Guillotin (Inventors): The Guillotine was invented in 1792 by the French surgeon Antoine Louis and its use was recommended by Dr. Joseph I. Guillotin during the French Revolution.

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Eadweard Muybridge (Inventors): The American inventor, photographer, businessman Eadweard Muybridge is credited with inventing the Movies in 1878 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era.
Earle Haas: The American doctor Earle Haas invented Tampons in 1931.
Edouard Benedictus (Inventors): The French chemist and artist Edouard Benedictus invented Safety and Bullet Proof Glass in 1903 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Edward Teller (Inventors): The Hungarian Inventor Edward Teller invented the hydrogen bomb in 1952.
Edwin H. Land: In 1948 Edwin H. Land invented the Polaroid camera
Eli Whitney (Inventors): The American inventor, mechanical engineer, farmer and manufacturer Eli Whitney invented the Cotton Gin in 1793 during the Agricultural Revolution (1700's - 1800's)

Elias Howe
: The American inventor, machinist, businessman and entrepreneur Elias Howe invented the lockstitch Sewing Machine in 1846 during the First US Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Elijah Bond (Inventors): The American inventor, lawyer and businessman Elijah Bond invented the Ouija Board in 1891 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Elisha Otis (Inventors): The American inventor, industrialist, designer and founder of the Otis Elevator Company Elisha Otis invented the first safety brake for the Elevator in 1852 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Emile Berliner (Inventors): The American inventor, designer, researcher and businessman Emile Berliner invented the Microphone in 1876 but is most famous for his invention of the gramophone.
Erno Rubik (Inventors): The Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik invented the Rubik's Cube in 1974 during the Technology and Information Age
Enrico Fermi: The first nuclear reactor was manufactured by Enrico Fermi and his team at the University of Chicago in 1942.
Evangelista Torricelli (Inventors): The Italian mathematician and physicist Evangelista Torricelli invented the Barometer in 1643 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1700)

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Felix Hoffmann (Inventors): The German chemist Felix Hoffmann invented Aspirin in 1897 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Francis Beaufort (Inventors): The Irish Inventor Francis Beaufort invented the Beaufort scale in 1805
Francois Marcel Grateau (Inventors): The French hair stylist and businessman Francois Marcel Grateau invented the Hot Comb in 1872 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era
Frank Whittle (Inventors): The English Test Pilot, engineer and officer in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Frank Whittle invented the Jet engine in 1930 during the Interwar Period (1918 - 1939)
Frank Zamboni (Inventors): The American inventor Frank Zamboni invented the Ice resurfacer in 1953.
Frederick Scott Archer: In 1851 Frederick Scott Archer invented an early photographic technique called the Wet-collodion process.
Frederick Walton (Inventors): The British Inventor Frederick Walton invented Linoleum in 1860

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Galileo Galilei: The Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made many inventions and discoveries that remain important to science and astronomy and is most famous as the first person to use a Telescope for astronomical purposes.
Garrett Morgan
(Inventors): The American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Garrett Morgan invented the modern Gas Mask in 1914 and the Traffic Light in 1923. The names of other inventors involved in the development of the modern traffic light include John Peake Knight, Earnest Sirrine, Lester Farnsworth Wire, James Hoge, William Ghiglieri and William Potts.
George Crum (Inventors): The American inventor, chef and businessman George Crum invented the Potato Chip in 1853 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
George de Mestral (Inventors): The Swiss businessman and electrical engineer George de Mestral invented Velcro in 1948 during the Cold War Era
George Eastman (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur George Eastman invented the Kodak Camera in 1888 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
George Ferris (Inventors): The American inventor, builder and civil engineer George Ferris invented the Ferris Wheel in 1893 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
George Franklin Grant​ : George Franklin Grant invented and patented the first wooden Golf tee in 1899.

George Hudson
: The English / New Zealand draper and businessman George Hudson invented the Daylight Savings Time in 1895 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
George Pullman (Inventors): The American inventor George Pullman invented the Pullman sleeping car in 1857
George Stephenson (Inventors): The English mechanical and civil engineer George Stephenson who pioneered the Steam Locomotive  during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860).
George Westinghouse​: George Westinghouse was an American engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry.
Gholam Peyman
: The Iranian-American Ophthalmologist and retina surgeon Dr. Gholam Peyman invented LASIK, laser eye surgery, in 1985.
Gideon Sundback (Inventors): The Swedish inventor and electrical engineer Gideon Sundback invented the Zipper in 1913 during the Second US Industrial Revolution.
Gottfried Leibniz: IGottfried Leibniz and Sir Isaac Newton invented Calculus 
Gottlieb Daimler (Inventors): The German engineer, designer and industrialist Gottlieb Daimler invented the first gas-propelled internal combustion Motorcycle in 1885 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914).
Greg Henderson: American inventor Greg Henderson invented the Hendo Hoverboard, a levitating skateboard, in 2014.
Guglielmo Marconi (Inventors): The Italian physicist, electrical engineer and entrepreneur Guglielmo Marconi invented the Radio in 1895 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era

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Hamilton E. Smith (Inventors): The American inventor Hamilton E. Smith invented the Rotary Washing Machine in 1858 during the Second US Industrial Revolution.
Han Xin: The invention of the strategic game of Chess was made in China by Han Xin c. 200 BC
Hans Lippershey (Inventors): The German spectacle-maker and optician Hans Lippershey invented the Telescope in 1608 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1700)
Hanson Gregory
: American sea captain Hanson Gregory (1832 - 1921) invented Ring Donuts in 1867.
Herman Snellen: The eye chart (Snellen chart), used to measure visual acuity, was invented in 1862 by the Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen. See Invention of Glasses.
Hermann Von Helmholtz: The ophthalmoscope was invented by Hermann Von Helmholtz in 1851.
Henry Bessemer (Inventors): The English designer, engineer, industrialist and businessman Henry Bessemer invented the Bessemer Steel process in 1855 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era
Henry Ford (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman, industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford launched the Model T car in 1908
Henry W. Seeley (Inventors): The American inventor, mathematician and businessman Henry W. Seeley invented the Electric Iron in 1882 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Humphry Davy (Inventors): The British Inventor Sir Humphry Davy invented Davy miners safety lamp in 1815

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Igor Sikorsky: The American inventor, designer and aeronautics engineer Igor Sikorsky invented the Helicopter in 1939 during the WW2 Era (1939 - 1945)
Isaac Newton (Inventors): Isaac Newton together with Gottfried Leibniz invented Calculus and the Color Wheel in the mid 1700's during the Industrial Revolution
Isaac Singer (Inventors): The American inventor Isaac Singer invented the Singer sewing machine in 1851

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J. Robert Oppenheimer: J. Robert Oppenheimer invented the Atomic Bomb in 1945 during the WW2 Era (1939 - 1945)
Jaap Haartsen (Inventors): The Dutch businessman, electrical engineer and entrepreneur Jaap Haartsen invented Bluetooth in 1995 during the Technology and Information Age.
Jacob Yoder:
Jacob Yoder invented the Flatboat in 1781.
Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss:
Invented Jeans in 1873 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914).
Jack Dorsey:
Twitter was invented by Jack Dorsey in 2006 during the Technology and Information Age of invention.
Jack Johnson:
The African American inventor (and world champion boxer) Jack Johnson invented the Wrench which he patented on April 18, 1922.

Jack Kilby
: The American inventor and electrical engineer Jack Kilby co-invented the Microchip with Robert Noyce in 1958 during the Cold War Era.
James Ambrose Cutting: In 1854 James Ambrose Cutting, of Boston invented and patented the Ambrotype photographic process.
James Creighton: James Creighton organized the first indoor Ice hockey game at Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink on March 3, 1875
James Dyson (Inventors): The British Inventor James Dyson invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner in 1978
James Hargreaves (Inventors): The English carpenter, weaver and businessman James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny in 1764 during the Industrial Revolution
James Mease (Inventors): The American inventor, scientist and horticulturalist James Mease invented Ketchup in 1812 during the First US Industrial Revolution
James Naismith (Inventors): The American inventor, physician, PE teacher and sports coach James Naismith invented Basketball in 1891 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era
James T. Russell (Inventors): The American inventor, Scientist and Physicist James T. Russell invented CDs in 1982 during the Technology and Information Age
James Watt (Inventors): The Scottish chemist, scientific instrument maker and mechanical engineer James Watt invented the Steam Engine in 1769 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)

Jan Ernst Matzeliger: Jan Ernst Matzeliger invented the 'Lasting Machine' in 1883 increasing the availability of Shoes and decreasing the price of footwear.
Jethro Tull (Inventors): The British farmer, agriculturalist and entrepreneur Jethro Tull invented the Seed Drill in 1701 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Johannes Gutenberg (Inventors): The German goldsmith, blacksmith, printer and publisher Johannes Gutenberg invented the Printing Press in 1440 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1700)
John Deere (Inventors): The American inventor, blacksmith, manufacturer, industrialist and businessman John Deere invented the Steel Plow in 1837 during the First US Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
John Fitch (Inventors): The American inventor, clockmaker, engineer and entrepreneur John Fitch invented the Steamboat in 1791 during the First US Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
John Harvey Kellogg (Inventors): The American inventor John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflake breakfasts in 1895
John Logie Baird (Inventors): The Scottish designer and engineer John Logie Baird invented the Television in 1926 and  the Color TV in 1928 during the Interwar Period (1918 - 1939)
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich : The British statesman and nobleman John Montagu invented the Sandwich.
John O’Sullivan
: John O’Sullivan led a team of Astrophysicists to invent Wifi in 1988

John Walker
: The English Pharmacist and businessman John Walker invented Matches in 1826 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Jonas Salk: Jonas Salk invented the Polio Vaccine in 1955 during the Cold War Era
Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier: invented the Hot Air Balloon in 1783 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Joseph C. Gayetty (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Joseph C. Gayetty invented Toilet Paper in 1857 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Joseph Fry (Inventors): The English doctor, apothecary and businessman Joseph Fry invented the Candy Bar in 1847 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Joseph Glidden (Inventors): The American inventor, school teacher, farmer and businessman Joseph Glidden invented Barbed Wire in 1873 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Joseph Niepce: French inventor Joseph Niepce is often credited as the inventor of photography in 1827.
Joseph Priestley (Inventors): The British chemist, philosopher and clergyman Joseph Priestley invented Soda in 1767 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)

Josephine Cochrane
: The American inventor, business woman and entrepreneur Josephine Cochrane invented the Dishwasher in 1887 during the Second US Industrial Revolution period.
Julius Fromm:  Julius Fromm, a German chemist, invented a process for making condoms from liquefied rubber.
Julius Richard Petri (Inventors): The German Inventor Julius Richard Petri invented the Petri dish in 1888

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Kaldi:
Legend tells that an Ethiopian named Kaldi invented coffee by accident in 750 AD.
Karl Benz (Inventors): The German designer and mechanical engineer Karl Benz invented the First Gasoline Car in 1886 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger: Invented Instagram in October 2010 during the Technology and Information Age
King Camp Gillette (Inventors): The invention of the safety razor was made in 1901 by The American inventor King Camp Gillette.
Kirkpatrick Macmillan (Inventors): The Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan invented the Bicycle (Pedal) in 1839 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860).
"Krazy" George Henderson: "Krazy" George Henderson invented the 'Wave' on October 15, 1981 at the televised Oakland A's and the New York Yankees major league baseball playoff game in Oakland, California.

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Laszlo Biro: The Hungarian journalist, entrepreneur and businessman Laszlo Biro invented the Ballpoint Pen in 1938.
Lancelot de Mole (Inventors): The Australia draughtsman, designer, engineer and businessman Lancelot de Mole invented the Tank in 1912
Larry Page and Sergey Brin: Invented Google in 1998 during the Technology and Information Age

Leo Hendrik Baekeland
: The American inventor, chemist and businessman Leo Hendrik Baekeland invented Plastic (Bakelite) in 1907 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Leonardo da Vinci (Inventors): The Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci invented the ideas for a helicopter, tank and parachute.
Linus Yale, Jr. (Inventors): The American inventor Linus Yale, Jr. invented the cylinder lock in 1861
Li Tian (Inventors): The Chinese politician and historian Li Tian invented Fireworks c. 650 AD during the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618AD - 907AD)
Lloyd Groff Copeman (Inventors): The American inventor Lloyd Groff Copeman invented the first electric stove in 1915
Lonnie Johnson (Inventors): The American inventor, designer, engineer and businessman Lonnie Johnson invented the Super Soaker in 1982 during the Technology and Information Age
Louis Braille: The French talented musician and educator Louis Braille invented Braille in 1824 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Louis Daguerre: In 1837 Louis Daguerre invented the Daguerreotype process.
Louis and Auguste Lumiere: In 1907 Louis and Auguste Lumiere invented an additive color process they called "Autochrome".
Louis Pasteur: Louis Pasteur invented the food preparing process known as pasteurization in 1864 and developed antidotes and cures to many deadly illnesses.

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Marcellus Gilmore Edson (Inventors): The Canada pharmacist and businessman Marcellus Gilmore Edson invented Peanut Butter in 1884 during the Second US Industrial Revolution.
Madam C.J. Walker:
Madam C.J. Walker invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905 including the world's first hair-straightening formula
Marie Curie (Inventors): The Polish scientist Marie Curie discovered Radioactivity in 1902
Mark Zuckerberg (Inventors): The American inventor, computer programmer and engineer Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook in 2004 during the Technology and Information Age

Martin Cooper
: The American inventor, engineer and co-founder of ArrayComm Inc Martin Cooper invented the Cell Phone in 1973 during the Technology and Information Age
Marvin C. Stone (Inventors): The American inventor, manufacturer, businessman and entrepreneur Marvin C. Stone invented the Drinking Straw in 1888 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Mary Anderson (Inventors): The American inventor, viticulturist (cultivator of grapes) and real estate developer Mary Anderson invented the Windscreen wiper in 1903 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Matti Makkonen (Inventors): The Finnish specialist in business management and telecoms Matti Makkonen invented Texting in 1992 during the Technology and Information Age.
Maurice McDonald: Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in 1940
Michael Faraday (Inventors): The British Inventor Michael Faraday invented the electric motor in 1822 when he discovered the conversion of electrical energy into mechanical energy and made the first electric motor.

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Nikolaus Otto (Inventors): The German designer and engineer Nikolaus Otto invented the Internal Combustion Engine in 1876 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Nikola Tesla (Inventors): The Serbian-American Inventor Nikola Tesla invented the transmission of electrical power in 1887
Nicolas-Jacques Conte (Inventors): The French artist and military officer Nicolas-Jacques Conte invented the modern Pencil in 1795 during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)

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Ole Kirk Christiansen (Inventors): The Danish carpenter, toymaker, entrepreneur and businessman Ole Kirk Christiansen invented Lego in 1949

Orville and Wilbur Wright
: Orville and Wilbur Wright pioneered the Airplane in 1903 during the Second US Industrial Revolution.
Oscar F. Mayer: German immigrant, Oscar F. Mayer (1859–1955) introduced pre-sliced, pre-packaged bacon to the United States in 1924. 
Otto Frederick Rohwedder (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman, engineer and entrepreneur Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented Sliced Bread in 1928.

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Paul Allen: The American inventor, entrepreneur and businessman Paul Allen, together with co-founder Bill Gates, established Microsoft in 1975 during the Technology and Information Age
Percy Spencer
(Inventors): The American inventor, physicist, entrepreneur and businessman Percy Spencer invented the Microwave Oven in 1945 during the WW2 Era (1939 - 1945)
Phil Knight: Entrepreneurs Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman founded Nike, Inc. on May 30, 1971.
Philippe Kahn: In 1997 the first camera phone was invented by technology innovator Philippe Kahn.
Philo Taylor Farnsworth (Inventors): The American inventor Philo Taylor Farnsworth pioneered the all-electronic television in 1938 by inventing the Image dissector.

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Raffaele Esposito (Inventors): The Italian baker and tavern owner Raffaele Esposito invented the Pizza in 1889.
Ralph H. Baer: Ralph H. Baer, "The Father of Video Games" invented the first joysticks and the first games console in 1972.
Ransom E. Olds: The American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Ransom E. Olds invented the Assembly Line in 1901 during the Second US Industrial Revolution.
Ray Tomlinson (Inventors): The American inventor, computer programmer and engineer Ray Tomlinson invented Email in 1971 during the Technology and Information Age
Rene Laennec: Invented the Stethoscope in 1816 during The Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860)
Richard J. Gatling (Inventors): The American inventor Richard J. Gatling invented the first successful machine gun (Gatling Gun) in 1862
Richard Leach Maddox: In 1871 Richard Leach Maddox invented an improved type of photographic plate called the Dry plate process
Richard McDonald: Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in 1940
Richard T. James (Inventors): The American inventor, designer, engineer and businessman Richard T. James invented the Slinky in 1943.
Richard Trevithick (Inventors): The Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick who pioneered the Steam Locomotive  during the Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860).
Robert Bunsen (Inventors): The German Inventor Robert Bunsen invented the Bunsen burner in 1855.
Robert E. Kahn: Robert E. Kahn and Vinton Cerf are generally credited with co-inventing the Internet in 1973 during the Technology and Information Age, although many other computer scientists contributed to its invention.
Robert Fulton: Although John Fitch invented the Steamboat it was Robert Fulton who invented the first commercially successful steamboat. in 1807.
Robert Hutchings Goddard (Inventors): The American inventor, professor, physicist and engineer Robert Hutchings Goddard invented the modern Rocket in 1926 during the Interwar Period
Robert Noyce: The American inventor and electrical engineer Robert Noyce co-invented the Microchip with Jack Kilby in 1958 during the Cold War Era.
Robert Watson-Watt (Inventors): The British meteorologist and physicist Sir Robert Watson-Watt invented RADAR in 1939 during the WW2 Era (1939 - 1945)
Roger Bacon (Inventors): The English philosopher and scientist Roger Bacon  is closely associated with the invention of glasses c.1266 during the Middle Ages (1066 - 1500)
Roger L. Easton (Inventors): The American inventor, designer, scientist and physicist Roger L. Easton invented GPS in 1974 during the Technology and Information Age
Roy Plunkett (Inventors): The American inventor Roy Plunkett invented Teflon in 1938
Rudolf Diesel (Inventors): The German mechanical engineer and businessman Rudolf Diesel invented the Diesel Engine in 1893 during the Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian Era (1850 - 1914)
Ruth Graves Wakefield (Inventors): The American inventor, chef, educator and business woman Ruth Graves Wakefield invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie in 1938

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Samuel Colt:
The American inventor Samuel Colt invented the Colt Revolver in 1836
Samuel Fox
: The English manufacturer and philanthropist Samuel Fox invented the modern Umbrella in 1851
Samuel Morse (Inventors): The American inventor, portrait artist, entrepreneur and businessman Samuel Morse invented the Telegraph and co-invented the Morse Code with Alfred Vail in 1838 during the First US Industrial Revolution
Samuel W. Francis (Inventors): The American inventor, doctor, author, philanthropist and businessman Samuel W. Francis invented the Spork in 1874 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Samuel Shlafrock: In 1923 Samuel Shlafrock invented the Instant Camera.
Sarah Boone (Inventors): The American inventor, dressmaker Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board in 1892 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
Shen Nung (Inventors): The Chinese ruler of China and specialist in herbal medicine Shen Nung invented Tea c. 2737 BC
Sylvester Howard Roper: The first Motorcycle was the “Roper Steam Velocipede“, that was invented in 1867 by the American inventor Sylvester Howard Roper.
Sir Isaac Newton (Inventors): The English physicist, mathematician, philosopher and theorist Sir Isaac Newton invented the Color Wheel in 1666 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1700)
Steve Jobs (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc Steve Jobs founded Apple in 1976 and pioneered the Personal Computer, iPod, iPad and the iPhone.
Steve Wozniak:
The American inventor, electronics engineer and co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc.
Steven Sasson: In 1975 Steven Sasson invented the first digital camera at Eastman Kodak.

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Ted Maiman
: The American inventor, physicist and engineer Ted Maiman invented the Laser in 1960 during the Cold War Era
Theophilus Van Kannel (Inventors): The American inventor Theophilus Van Kannel invented the revolving door in 1888
Thomas Alva Edison (Inventors): The American inventor, designer, businessman and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison (1847–1931) invented the Phonograph in 1877 and the Incandescent Light bulb in 1879
Thomas Crapper (Inventors): The English plumber and the founder of one of English's largest sanitation engineering companies Thomas Crapper is credited with the invention of the Flushing Toilet in 1870
Thomas Green Morton (Inventors): The American inventor, dedicated dentist Thomas Green Morton invented the Anesthesia in 1846 during the First US Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860).
Thomas Lyle Williams: Thomas Lyle Williams invented the first commercial cake mascara beginning the history of Maybelline and modern Makeup.
Tim Berners-Lee (Inventors): The English computer scientist, engineer and entrepreneur Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1991 during the Technology and Information Age
Tony Fadell (Inventors): The American inventor, designer, businessman and entrepreneur Tony Fadell invented the iPod in 2001 working for Apple during the Technology and Information Age.

Toru Iwatani
: The Japan computer software engineer and video game designer Toru Iwatani Created Pac-Man in 1980 during the Technology and Information Age

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Vinton Cerf: Vinton Cerf and  Robert E. Kahn are generally credited with co-inventing the Internet in 1973 during the Technology and Information Age, although many other computer scientists contributed to its invention.

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Wallace Carothers (Inventors): The American inventor, chemist, researcher and entrepreneur Wallace Carothers invented the Nylon in 1935 during the Interwar Period (1918 - 1939)
Walter Camp: Walter Camp invented American Football in 1880
Walter Diemer (Inventors): The American inventor, businessman and accountant Walter Diemer invented Bubble Gum in 1928 during the Interwar Period (1918 - 1939).
Walter Fredrick Morrison: Walter Fredrick " Fred" Morrison (1920 - 2010) invented the Frisbee in 1946.
Washington Duke: The American entrepreneurs Washington Duke, James "Buck" Duke and James Albert Bonsack commercialized modern Cigarettes.
Washington Sheffield: The inventor of the modern ready-made Toothpaste in collapsible tubes in 1880 was an American dentist named Washington Sheffield.
Wilhelm Rontgen (Inventors): The German physicist and mechanical engineer Wilhelm Rontgen invented the X-ray generator in 1885 during the Second US Industrial Revolution.
William Addis: English entrepreneur William Addis invented the first, modern, mass produced Toothbrush in 1780.

William D. Middlebrook
: The American inventor, lawyer and politician William D. Middlebrook invented the "Machine for making wire paper-clips" in 1899 during the Second US Industrial Revolution
William G. Morgan (Inventors): The American inventor, Director of Physical Education William G. Morgan invented Volleyball in 1895.
William Henry Fox Talbot (Inventors): The English chemist, linguist, archaeologist and photographer William Henry Fox Talbot was a pioneer in Photography.
William Higinbotham (Inventors): The American inventor, scientist and nuclear physicist William Higinbotham invented Video Games in 1958
Willis Haviland Carrier (Inventors): The American inventor and engineer Willis Haviland Carrier invented the Air Conditioner in 1902 during the Second US Industrial Revolution

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Zacharias Janssen (Inventors): The Dutch spectacle-maker and optician Zacharias Janssen invented the Microscope in 1595 during the Renaissance Era (1350 to 1650)

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