The Ultimate Resource of Famous Inventors


Discovering new inventions is integral to extending the boundaries of the human experience. Without innovative discoveries, people today would be without electricity, television, cell phones and every other gadget that has become a necessity. Inventions can also come in the form of medical breakthroughs that can improve the quality of human life. New inventions are continuously pushing technologies and ideas to the brink of revolutionary concepts. Below is an all-too brief list of famous inventors who have helped extend the boundaries of the human experience.

Edwin Armstrong: engineered the first FM radio.

John Logie Baird: the Scottish inventor of the first successful television.

Alexander Graham Bell: a Scottish-born inventor and scientist who produced the first practical telephone.

Karl Benz: the German engineer who invented the petrol-powered automobile.

Robert Cailliau: the Belgian engineer who co-founded the World Wide Web.

Lee deForest: an American inventor credited as being one of the “fathers of the electronic age” with 180 patents to his name.

William Kennedy Dickson: inventor of the first motion picture camera.

Rudolf Diesel: European engineer who produced the diesel engine.

George Eastman: invented the roll film and founded the Eastman Kodak Company.

Thomas Edison: American inventor who developed the phonograph, motion picture camera, and light bulb.

Alexander Fleming: Scottish pharmacologist and biologist who discovered Penicillin.

Robert Fulton: developed the first working steamboat.

Hans Geiger: invented a particle detector called the Geiger Counter.

Johannes Gutenberg: a German printer who developed the first moveable type printing press.

Charles Goodyear: the first person in America to vulcanize rubber.

William Herschel: a German astronomer who discovered infrared radiation and the planet Uranus.

Heinrich Hertz: the German physicist who discovered electromagnetic waves.

Whitcomb Judson: an American businessman who invented the zipper.

John Harvey Kellogg: an American doctor who invented the corn flakes breakfast cereal.

Guglielmo Marconi: the Italian inventor credited with developing the radiotelegraph system.

The Montgolfier Brothers: built the first successful, manned hot air balloon.

Samuel F.B. Morse: an American inventor who created the the single-wire telegraph and developed Morse Code.

James Naismith: a Canadian-born sports coach who invented basketball.

J. Robert Oppenheimer: director of the Manhattan Project and developer of the atomic bomb.

Charles Parsons: the British engineer who invented the steam turbine.

Blaise Pascal: a French innovator who invented the barometer and Pascal's calculator.

Charles Francis Richter: creator of the earthquake-measuring Richter magnitude scale.

Adolphe Sax: a Belgian musician who invented the saxophone.

George Stephenson: the “Father of the Railways” who invented the first steam powered locomotive.

Levi Strauss: a German immigrant to the United States who was the first to manufacture blue jeans.

Edward Teller: the Hungarian physicist who developed the hydrogen bomb.

Nikola Tesla: and Austrian-born inventor and engineer credited with being one of the fathers of commercial electricity.

Alessandro Volta: an Italian physicist who invented the electric cell battery.

Eli Whitney: inventor of the cotton gin.

Oliver and Wilbur Wright: the inventors and builders of the first working airplane.