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Samuel Colt

Samuel Colt About Inventor of the Colt revolver, which is commonly known as The Gun that Won the West. He was able to produce his guns, which used interchangeable parts, on a large scale due to his ability to employ an assembly line. Other Informations At age eleven he was indentured to a Glastonbury farmer, …

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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla About Electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and physicist who invented the electrical motor, arc lighting, and AC power. He did high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York which later led to the invention of radio communication. Other Informations He was so proficient at doing calculus in his head that his teachers thought he was …

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Whitcomb L. Judson

Whitcomb L. Judson About Inventor, salesman, and engineer who invented the first version of the zipper in the late Nineteenth Century. He was also one of the early thinkers regarding the invention of railway systems in urban areas. Other Informations He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War and also attended Knox …

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Richard Gatling

Richard Gatling About Most well known for creating an early machine gun known as the Gatling gun, this prolific 19th-century inventor is also remembered for his wheat drill, steam plow, and marine steam ram. Other Informations In his early twenties, unaware that John Ericsson had already patented an identical invention, Gatling invented a steamboat screw …

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Jeri Ellsworth

Jeri Ellsworth About Engineer and inventor known for her emphasis on do-it-yourself computer engineering. She first garnered attention for her C64 Direct-to-TV, in which she created a joystick capable of playing games from the Commodore 64. Other Informations She started learning how to program on the family’s Commodore 64 computer, knowledge she used to open …

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Warren Weaver

Warren Weaver About A recognized innovator of machine translation and a key player in creating support for the scientific field in the United States. He was was granted membership into the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions in 1957. Other Informations During World War I, he was a second lieutenant in the Air Service. …

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Theodore Maiman

Theodore Maiman About Inventor of the first functional laser which launched an entire new industry and earned the Nobel Prize nomination twice. He wrote about his experiences developing the world’s first laser in his book, The Laser Odyssey. Other Informations He did his graduate work in electrical engineer at Stanford University, working with microwaves and …

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Sylvan Goldman

Sylvan Goldman About Best known for inventing the shopping cart, he also contributed to the development of the supermarket. He opened the Sun Grocery Company, Oklahoma’s first supermarket, in 1920. Other Informations He left school after the eighth grade. During World War I, he was stationed in France. He introduced the shopping cart at the …

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Stefan Banic

Stefan Banic About Inventor who the military commissioned to create the first parachute to be actively used. Other Informations He created a parachute prototype after witnessing a plane crash in 1912. He donated his patent to the U.S. Army. He was born in a part of Austria-Hungary that is now Slovakia. He was an inventor …

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Robert Hutchings Goddard

Robert Hutchings Goddard About Inventor who built the world’s first rocket fueled by liquid fuel, which he launched successfully for the first time on March 16, 1926. His monograph, A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes, which was published in 1919, is considered one of the classic texts of 20th-century rocket science. Other Informations His father …

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Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright About Co-inventor and co-pilot of the first successful airplane, which he called a “flying machine.” His and his brother Orville’s planes were later used in WWI and set the stage for modern aviation. Other Informations He was an athletic child and lost his two front teeth in a hockey accident. His famous flight …

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John Browning

John Browning About Gun designer who changed the world of weapons when he designed the M1911 pistol, Winchester model 1892 and the Browning Automatic Rifle. He also developed the first gas-operated machine gun, the Colt-Browning Model 1895 and his guns remained the most copied in the world. Other Informations He started developing his first guns …