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Famous Inventors & their Inventions

Utah celebrates world's first stoplight’s 100th anniversary on Oct 4th 2012 ~ Inventor: Lester Farnsworth Wire

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David Warren made a recording device for planes known today as Black boxes.

June 15,1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.Goodyear discovered the vulcanization process accidentally after five years of searching for a more stable rubber. In 1898, almost four decades after his death, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded and named after Goodyear by Frank Seiberling

Thomas Alva Edison (Born 2/11/1847-Died 10/18/1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Dr. James Naismith is known world-wide as the inventor of basketball. He was born in 1861 ~ He died in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1939

Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone

Historical Events for Year 1881 |

Hans Haupt inventor of an folding umbrella

Richter Scale Day, April 26, is the birthday of Charles Richter who invented the Richter Scale. For those not familiar with the Richter Scale, it compares the size of earthquakes.

On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device. Today’s image is brought to you by the General Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library.

Rollerblades, the first commercially successful inline skates, were invented by Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson in 1980, when they were looking for a way to practice hockey in the off-season.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) Invented the reflecting telescope in 1668. He was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian, "considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived".

Alfred Nobel (1833 - 1896) inventor of dynamite and a Nobel Prize Awards.

The tuxedo was invented by Pierre Lorillard IV of New York City according to one school of thought. However, some historians believe that the tuxedo was invented by King Edward VII.

Lorillard, Pierre

Born May 7, 1909, physicist and inventor Edwin Land attended Harvard University briefly before setting up his own laboratory to study light polarization and to create filters for sunglasses and cameras. He founded the Polaroid Corporation in 1937 and introduced its instant camera with self-developing film in 1947. Harvard awarded Land an honorary degree in 1957.

Willem Kolff, creator of the first kidney dialysis machinen He supervised the first full implant of an artificial heart in a human patient He lead or contributed to efforts related to other types of artificial organs as well, including artificial ears, electronic artificial eyes, and a membrane oxygenator. His creation allowing for hemodialysis currently keeps more than one million patients worldwide alive.

Steve Jobs teamed together with Steve Wozniak to invent one of the first ready-made personal home Apple computer.

Milton S. Hershey was known for inventing the Hershey Chocolate Bar and building the Hershey Chocolate Company. In 1912, Hershey paid a $300 deposit for a first class passage on the White Star Line and her newest most extravagant ship, Titanic, for her maiden voyage. However, Hershey never boarded the ship. An employee at his company requested that he return early from a trip in Europe to deal with business. Hershey abandoned his original plans and left Europe three days earlier on The America.