The world's most famous inventors are household names. As we all know, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone, and Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Except they didn't. The ideas didn't spring, Athena-like, fully formed from their brains. In fact, they didn't spring fully formed from anybody's brains. That is the myth of the lonely inventor and the eureka moment. Phones Call, History, Funny Facts, New Technology, Long Distance, Chicago, New York, Alexander Graham Belle, Telephone Call
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Alexander Graham Bell: Born on March 3, 1847, Bell was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study. Though there isn't concrete documentation, it seems that the famous inventor was there [at the Fair].
Mark E. Dean received a PhD. from Stanford University. He is best known for the invention of the one gigahertz computer processor chip containing one million transistors and having an unsurpassed vast potential. He holds 200 patents for valuable inventions in the field of electrical engineering. Mark Dean is the first IBM Fellow, the highest achievable level of technical excellence in the company. He was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 1997.
Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin revolutionized the cotton industry in the United States. Prior to his invention, farming cotton required hundreds of man-hours to separate the cottonseed from the raw cotton fibers. Simple seed-removing devices have been around for centuries, however, Eli Whitney's invention automated the seed separation process. His machine could generate up to fifty pounds of cleaned cotton daily, making cotton production profitable for the southern states.
Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper. Her invention was nearly forgotten, until her patent lapsed and others were able to copy her idea. By the 40s and 50s, when cars were much more common and affordable, windshield wipers were standard on most vehicles, and now are a legal requirement.
Celebrate Black History Month by study African American inventors. Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light. Let your students make traffic light cookies and then write a "how to" afterwards. Parent note asking for supplies is also included in this packet. $