Imagine a world where you are not able to get instant information on an event while it is happening. These are all everyday occurrences that we probably take for granted. However, without the inventiveness, courage and creativity of a group of inventors, we would not enjoy the life we currently have.
While there are many inventors who have contributed to civilization that we now know, there are several who have been involved in our advancements in technology, convenience and transportation. The following is a brief list of some of the most notable inventors with information on some of the inventions that have helped change the world.
Charles Babbage (1791-1871)
Known for: “The Father of the Computer”. Originating the concept of a digital programmable computer. Although he died before seeing many of his designs come to fruition, the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine remain prominent figures in computing.
Learn more here: Charles Babbage History
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
Known for: Ford introduced revolutionary new mass-production methods such as the assembly line.
Learn more here: Henry Ford History
Wilbur (1867-1912) and Orville Wright (1871-1947)
Known for: When the Wright Flyer I took off from Kitty Hawk and flew for 12 seconds, the Wright brothers made history! Their flight marked the first engine-powered manned aircraft.
Learn more here: The Wright Brothers History
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937)
Known for: Marconi changed the way humans communicated by developing the first effective system of radio communication. He sent the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901.
Learn more here: Guglielmo Marconi History
Alexander Graham Bell (1877-1922)
Known for: One of the most famous inventors around, Bell gave the world the telephone. Many of his other inventions were focused on helping the deaf, sparked by his desire to help his wife Mabel, who lost her hearing at the age of five.
Learn more here: Alexander Graham Bell History
Philo Farnsworth (1906-1971)
Known for: If you love a good Netflix binge, thank Philo Farnsworth. His all-electronic television system made TV one of the world’s favorite past-times.
Learn more here: Philo Farnsworth History
Grace Hopper (1906-1992)
Known for: When Hopper first started working with computers, they took up entire rooms. But she believed that one day they’d become more widely used and became one of the earliest computer programmers. She invented the first compiler, a program that translates programming code to machine language.
Learn more here: Grace Hopper History
Marie Van Brittan Brown (1922-1999)
Known for: Do you have a home security system? You can thank Marie Van Brittan Brown. She filed her patent in 1966, and it includes innovations still used today. She’s also known for the invention of closed-circuit TV.
Learn more here: Marie Van Brittan Brown History
Ralph H. Baer (1922-2014)
Known for: While kids may not know Baer’s name, they’re sure to love his accomplishments. He’s known as the “Father of the Video Game” and helped develop some of the earliest gaming consoles.
Learn more here: Ralph Baer History
Ray Tomlinson (1941-2016)
Known for: Tomlinson was a computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system in 1971. ARPANET was the precursor to the Internet. It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to ARPANET.
Learn more here: Ray Tomlinson History
Steve Wozniak (1950-present) and Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Known for: “Woz and Jobs” are two of the most famous inventors of the 20th century. Though Jobs went on to become more well-known, he and Wozniak worked together to build the Apple I, the home computer that launched a revolution.
Learn more here: Woz and Jobs History
Tim Berners-Lee (1955-present)
Known for: If you’re reading this right now, thank Tim Berners-Lee. In 1991, he launched the World Wide Web, and the internet as we know it was born.
Learn more here: Tim Berners-Lee History
Bill Gates (1955-present)
Known for: Bill Gates is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft.
Learn more here: Bill Gates History
There are so many inventors that helped to advance our world with their creations and intelligence. We would not be where we are today without the inventions they brought forth. Check out a larger list of prominent inventors here.