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Cornelius Vanderbilt III (1873 - 1942)

A member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family, Cornelius Vanderbilt III was a distinguished American military officer, inventor, engineer, and yachtsman.  Called Neily by his close fr...

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Polly Jacob (aka, Caresse Crosby) (1891 - 1970)

Caresse Crosby (April 20, 1891–January 26, 1970), born Mary Phelps Jacob (nicknamed "Polly" by her parents), was an American patron of the arts, poet, publisher, and peace activist. At age 19,...

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Rear Admiral Sir Edward Fitzmaurice Inglefield, KBE (1861 - 1945)

Rear Admiral Sir Edward Fitzmaurice Inglefield, KBE (1861–1945) was a Victorian Royal Navy officer and later secretary of Lloyd's of London. He gave his name to the Inglefield clip, a device h...

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Admiral Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield, KCB, FRS, FRGS (1820 - 1894)

Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield (27 March 1820 – 4 September 1894) was a Royal Naval officer who led one of the searches for the missing Arctic explorer John Franklin during the 1850s. In doing...

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Sir John Harington MP (c.1561 - 1612)

John Harington (also spelled Harrington) (4 August 1561 – 20 November 1612), of Kelston, was a courtier, author and master of art. He became a prominent member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, and ...

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TIvadar Puskas MP (1844 - 1893)

Born in Budapest, Puskás finished his Technical University studies in Vienna. He visited many European cities, then went to America, where he became acquainted with the telegraph and E...

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Edwin Binney (1866 - 1934)

Edwin Binney (1866–1934) is best known for his invention (along with his cousin C. Harold Smith) of the Crayola crayon. In 1885, Binney took control of his father's business, Peeksill Chemical...

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Christiaen Huygens MP (1629 - 1695)

He was a famous mathematician, physicist and astronomer. He invented the pendulum clock, the principal of the steamengine and a gunpowder engine. Jan Jansz Stampioen was for two years (1643-1645) his t...

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Edwin Herbert Land, Dr. MP (1909 - 1991)

American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera inst...

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Loftus Perkins MP (1834 - 1891)

Loftus Perkins (8 May 1834 – 27 April 1891) was an English engineer, particularly involved in developing the practical technologies of central heating and refrigeration. A description of Loftu...

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Angier March Perkins (1799 - 1881)

Angier March Perkins (21 August 1799 – 22 April 1881) was a U.S. engineer who worked most of his career in the UK and was instrumental in developing the new technologies of central heating. ...

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Jacob Perkins MP (1766 - 1849)

Jacob Perkins (9 July 1766 – 30 July 1849) was an Anglo-American inventor, mechanical engineer and physicist. from Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Perkins was apprenticed to a goldsmith. He soon...

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Colonel Edmund Rice (USA) (1842 - 1906)

Edmund Rice (December 2 1842 – July 20 1906) was a soldier in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient who achieved the rank of Brigadier General. Early life Rice was born 2...

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Johannes Gutenberg MP (c.1398 - 1468)

Johannes Gutenberg (From Wikipedia) Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) was a publisher and a printer who introduced modern book printing. His invention o...

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B. F. Skinner MP (1904 - 1990)

Originator of Behaviourism Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) was an American behaviorist, author, inventor, social philosopher and poet. He was the Edgar Pierce Profe...

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Capt. Isaac Edward Emerson (1859 - 1931)

Inventor of Bromo-Seltzer.

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Adelbert Ames, Jr. (1880 - 1955)

. Adelbert Ames, Jr. (August 19, 1880 – 1955) was an American scientist who made contributions to physics, physiology, ophthalmology, psychology, and philosophy. He pioneered the study of phys...

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Sherman Mills Fairchild (1896 - 1971)

Sherman Mills Fairchild (April 7, 1896 – March 28, 1971) was an inventor and serial entrepreneur who founded over 70 companies, including Fairchild Aircraft, Fairchild Industries, Fairchild Av...

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Benjamin Thompson MP (1753 - 1814)

"... Sir Benjamin Thompson , Count Rumford (in German: Reichsgraf von Rumford), FRS (March 26, 1753 – August 21, 1814) was an Anglo-American physicist and inventor whose challenges to establis...

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Briggs Cunningham (1907 - 2003)

Briggs Swift Cunningham II (January 19, 1907 - July 2, 2003) was an American entrepreneur and sportsman, who raced automobiles and yachts. Born into a wealthy family, he became a racing car construct...

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Edward V. Hartford, inventor (1870 - 1922)

Edward Vassallo Hartford Born April 5, 1870, Orange, New Jersey. Died June 30, 1922 (aged 51), Deal, New Jersey Education Stevens Institute of Technology Occupation Inventor Employer Hartford S...

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Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Jr. MP (1895 - 1983)

Information about Buckminster Fuller from Wikipedia Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American systems theorist, architect, engineer, author, designer, i...

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Robert Hallowell Richards (1844 - 1945)

Robert Hallowell Richards (August 26, 1844 – March 27, 1945)[1] was an American mining engineer, metallurgist, and educator, born at Gardiner, Maine. In 1868, with the first class to leave the...

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Nellie Bly (1864 - 1922)

Aunt Pink married Bob Seaman in 1895. -------------------- Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922) was the pen name of American pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remain...

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William Moulton Marston (1893 - 1947)

Having led a life filled with totally unrelated accomplishments, William Moulton Marston was a lawyer, a psychologist, invented the first functional lie detector polygraph, created the DISC model for e...

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Brevet Brig. General Edward W. Serrell (1826 - 1906)

Edward Wellman Serrell (November 5, 1826 - ) was a prominent American civil engineer during the mid 19th century. In 1861, during the American Civil War he helped raise a regiment of engineers from N...

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Pliney Earle, I (1762 - 1832)

Earle I (December 17, 1762 – November 19, 1832) was an American inventor who made wool and cotton carding machines. He was born in 1762 in Leicester, Massachusetts. He was a descendant...

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Morris F. Benton, typeface designer (1872 - 1948)

Morris Fuller Benton (November 30, 1872 – June 30, 1948) was an influential American typeface designer who headed the design department of the American Type Founders (ATF), for which he was the ...

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Linn B. Benton, inventor (1844 - 1932)

Linn Boyd Benton (b. 1844, Little Falls, New York – d. 1932, Plainfield, New Jersey) was an American typeface designer and inventor who invented the Benton Pantograph, an engraving machine which...

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Theodore Fitz Randolph, Governor, U.S. Senator (1826 - 1883)

Theodore Fitz Randolph (June 24, 1826 – November 7, 1883) was an American Democratic Party politician, who served as the 22nd Governor of New Jersey from 1869 to 1872, and represented the stat...

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William Austin Burt (1792 - 1858)

William Austin Burt (June 13, 1792 – August 18, 1858) was an American inventor, legislator, surveyor, and millwright. He was the inventor, maker and patentee of the first typewriter constructed ...

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Thomas H. Chilton (1899 - 1972)

Thomas H. Chilton (August 14, 1899 – September 15, 1972) was a chemical engineer and professor. He is considered a founder of modern chemical engineering practice and lectured widely around th...

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J. Lawrence Smith, MD, Chemist (c.1818 - 1883)

John Lawrence Smith (December 17, 1818 – October 12, 1883) was an American chemist, born in Louisville, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Virginia, the Medical College of South Carol...

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Sir Barnes Neville Wallis MP (1887 - 1979)

Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, CBE, FRS, RDI, FRAeS (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979), was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by...

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Harvey Fletcher MP (1884 - 1981)

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Harvey Fletcher (September 11, 1884 – July 23, 1981) was an American physicist. Known as the "father of stereophonic sound" he is credited with the inventi...

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John Ruggles, U.S. Senator ("Father of the U.S. Patent Office") (1789 - 1874)

John Ruggles (October 8, 1789 – June 20, 1874) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. He served in several important state legislative and judicial positions before serving i...

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Samuel Hopkins (granted the first U.S. and "Canadian" patent) (1743 - 1818)

) Samuel Hopkins (December 9, 1743–1818) was an American inventor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Pittsford, Vermont. On July 31, 1790, he was granted the first U.S. patent, under the new...

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Charles Tillinghast James, U.S. Senator (1805 - 1862)

Charles Tillinghast James (September 15, 1805 – October 17, 1862) famous consulting mechanical engineer, early proponent of the steam mill, and United States Democratic Senator from the state ...

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Field Marshal George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale MP (1787 - 1876)

Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002 : Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of ...

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Robert Parker Parrott (1804 - 1877)

Robert Parker Parrott (October 5, 1804 – December 24, 1877) was an American soldier and inventor of military ordnance. Biography Born in Lee, New Hampshire, he was the son of John Fa...

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James Hartness, Governor MP (1861 - 1934)

James Hartness (September 3, 1861 – February 2, 1934) was an American inventor; a mechanical engineer; an entrepreneur who mentored other inventors to develop their machine tool products and c...

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Ralph Flanders, U.S. Senator MP (1880 - 1970)

Ralph Edward Flanders (September 28, 1880 – February 19, 1970) was an American mechanical engineer, industrialist and Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Vermont. He grew up on subsisten...

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Richard Trevithick MP (1771 - 1833)

Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) was a British inventor and mining engineer from Cornwall. His most significant success was the high pressure steam engine and he also built the...

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Faust Vrančić /Verancsics (1551 - 1617)

Faust Vrančić (tal. Fausto Veranzio, lat. Faustus Verantius, mađ.: Verancsics Faustus; Šibenik, 1551. - Mletci, 20. siječnja 1617.), hrvatski polihistor, jezikoslov...

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Frederick Brant Rentschler MP (1887 - 1956)

Frederick Brant Rentschle r (November 8, 1887 – April 25, 1956) was an American aircraft engine designer, aviation engineer, and industrialist. A talented inventor of aviation equipment, Rentsch...

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Laurence Vincent Benet (1865 - 1948)

L. V. BENET IS DEAD; BUILT MACHINE-GUN Engineer With Hotchkiss Firm For 50 Years Helped Improve Firing Speed of Weapon WASHINGTON, May 21, 1948 – Laurence Vincent Benet, internationally known ...

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Robert Whitehead (1823 - 1905)

Robert Whitehead, the son of a cotton-bleacher, was born in Bolton on January 3rd, in 1823. After being educated at the local grammar school, Whitehead left at fourteen to become an apprentice engine...

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Karl Moritz Immisch (1838 - 1903)

MORITZ IMMISCH ~ 1838-1903 ~ VICTORIAN INVENTOR & PIONEER ~ ENGINEERING & INVENTION ELECTRIC MOTORS, DYNAMOS, ETC. (ENGLAND) . "The World has lost one of the earliest Pioneers in the development of...

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Chester Smith Lyman (1814 - 1890)

Chester Smith Lyman (January 13, 1814–January 29, 1890) was an American teacher, clergyman, inventor and astronomer. He was born in Manchester, Connecticut to Chester and Mary Smith Lyman. C...

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Daniel D. Eyster, engineer & inventor (c.1896 - d.)

Daniel Drawbaugh Eyster was an illustrator/artist and engineer-inventor. Eyster was involved in the development of the Norden bombsight. For his contribution to this top-secret World War II military pr...

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Daniel Drawbaugh, inventor (1827 - 1911)

Daniel Drawbaugh was a purported inventor of the telephone for which he sought a patent in 1880. His claims were contested by the Bell Telephone Company, which won a court decision in 1888.[1] Descri...

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Isaac Merritt Singer MP (1811 - 1875)

American inventor Isaac Merrit Singer made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many had patented sewing machines before ...

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Silas Wright Titus (“The Water Wizard”) MP (1849 - 1922)

Silas Wright Titus (January 18, 1849-January 7, 1922) was an engineer who discovered and patented deep water pumping technology and discovered early water supplies for New York City and other towns a...

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Frank McDowell Leavitt (1856 - 1928)

Frank McDowell Leavitt (1856–1928) was an American engineer and inventor. Leavitt devised one of the earliest machines for manufacturing tin cans and later invented the Bliss-Leavitt torpedo, ...

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Colonel Leavitt Hunt (USA) (1831 - 1907)

Col. Leavitt Hunt (1831–February 16, 1907) was a Harvard-educated attorney and photography pioneer who was one of the first people to photograph the Middle East. He and a companion, Nathan Fli...

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Josef Ludvok Ressel (1793 - 1857)

Joseph Ludwig Franz Ressel (Czech: Josef Ludvík František Ressel; 29 June 1793 - 9 October 1857) was a Czech forest warden who designed a ship's propeller. Ressel was born in the Au...

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James Watt MP (1736 - 1819)

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... James Watt , (19 January 1736 – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundam...

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Lloyd Groff Copeman (1881 - 1956)

American inventor Lloyd Groff Copeman had nearly 700 patents to his name. He invented an early form of the toaster, many refrigerator devices, the grease gun, the first electric stove, and an early for...

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Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans (USA) ("Old Rosy") (1819 - 1898)

William Rosecrans wrote about his elders: "I have a mother who loves me well. A father whose fortune is his father's blessing, with his own hands and my good mother. Father is strong-willed, a self...

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George Washington Carver MP (1864 - 1943)

Mary Ann was George's real Mom. the accounts vary on what happen to her after she was kidnapped. one of the accounts is below George Washington Carver (January 1864 - January 5, 1943), was an America...

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Brig. General Jasper A. Maltby (USA) (1826 - 1867)

Jasper Adalmorn Maltby (November 3, 1826 – December 12, 1867) was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He participated in two important campaigns in the Western Theater, ...

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Captain Thomas E. Courtenay (CSA) [Confederate Secret Service] (1822 - 1875)

Thomas Edgeworth Courtenay (April 19, 1822 – September 3, 1875) was a member of the Confederate Secret Service and the inventor of the coal torpedo, a bomb disguised as a lump of coal that was...

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John L. McAdam, Highway Engineer MP (1756 - 1836)

John Loudon McAdam (September 21, 1756 – November 26, 1836) was a Scottish engineer and road-builder. He invented a new process, "macadamisation", for building roads with a smooth hard surface...

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Major Patrick Ferguson (1744 - 1780)

Major Patrick Ferguson (1744 – October 7, 1780) was a Scottish officer in the British Army, early advocate of light infantry and designer of the Ferguson rifle. He is best known for his servic...

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William Longstreet (1759 - 1814)

William Longstreet (c.1760 New Jersey - 1814 Georgia) was an inventor. He made a steamboat and improved the cotton gin. As a boy, he moved to Augusta, Georgia. As early as 26 September 1790, he add...

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Robert R. Williams (1886 - 1965)

Robert Runnels Williams (February 16, 1886 - October 2, 1965) was an American chemist, known for being the first to synthesize thiamine (vitamin B1). He first isolated thiamine in 1933, and synthes...

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Stephen Wilcox MP (1830 - 1893)

Stephen Wilcox, Jr. (February 12, 1830 – November 27, 1893) was an American inventor, best known as the co-inventor (with George Herman Babcock) of the water-tube boiler. They went on to f...

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Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS MP (1907 - 1996)

" Frank Whittle ", Westminster Abbey Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was a British Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer officer. He i...

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Rollin Henry White MP (1872 - 1962)

Rollin Henry , born July 11, 1872, invented the steam car in 1899, became first vice president of the White Company in 1906 and created the first White internal combustion truck in 1910. After illness ...

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George Westinghouse, Jr. MP (1846 - 1914)

George Westinghouse, Jr (October 6, 1846 – March 12, 1914) was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry. Westinghou...

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Thomas A. Watson MP (1854 - 1934)

Thomas Augustus Watson (January 18, 1854 – December 13, 1934) was an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, notably in the invention of the telephone in 1876. He is best known because his name wa...

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Walter A. Sheaffer MP (1868 - 1946)

Walter A. Sheaffer (January 27, 1867 – June 19, 1946) was an American inventor and businessman who developed the first commercially successful lever-filling fountain pen and founded the W.A. S...

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Lewis Edson Waterman MP (1837 - 1901)

Lewis Edson Waterman (November 18, 1837 – May 1, 1901), born in Decatur, New York, was the inventor of the capillary feed fountain pen and the founder of the Waterman pen company. In 1883, W...

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Frank Marion Wanlass (1933 - 2010)

Frank Marion Wanlass (May 17, 1933 – September 9, 2010) was an electrical engineer. He obtained his PhD from the University of Utah. He invented CMOS logic circuits in 1963 while working at ...

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Squire Whipple (1804 - 1888)

Squire Whipple C.E. (September 16, 1804 – March 15, 1888) was a civil engineer born in Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA. His family moved to New York when he was thirteen. He studied at Fairfiel...

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William E. Upjohn MP (1853 - 1932)

William Erastus Upjohn (June 15, 1853 – October 18, 1932) was a medical doctor, founder and president of The Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company. He was named Person of the Century by the Kalamazo...

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Eli Terry, Sr. MP (1772 - 1852)

Eli Terry Sr. (April 13, 1772 – February 24, 1852) was an inventor and clockmaker in Connecticut. He received a United States patent for a shelf clock mechanism. He introduced mass production ...

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Gordon Kidd Teal (1907 - 2003)

Gordon Kidd Teal (January 10, 1907 – January 7, 2003) invented a method of applying the Czochralski method to produce extremely pure germanium single crystals used in making greatly improved...

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Charles Sumner Tainter (1854 - 1940)

Charles Sumner Tainter (April 25, 1854 – April 20, 1940) was an American scientific instrument maker, engineer and inventor, best known for his collaborations with Alexander Graham Bell, Chi...

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Donalee L. Tabern (1900 - 1974)

Donalee L. Tabern Born Jan 27 1900 - Died Dec 31 1974 Thiobarbituric Acid Derivatives Pentothal / Anesthesia Patent Number(s) 2,153,729 Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in ...

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Ambrose Swasey MP (1846 - 1937)

Ambrose Swasey (December 19, 1846–June 15, 1937) was an American mechanical engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, manager, astronomer, and philanthropist. With Worcester R. Warner he co-founded ...

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Louis Dixie Stevens (1925 - 2009)

Louis Stevens Born April 15, 1925 - Died October 17, 2009 Data Storage Machine Patent #: 3,134,097 Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2008 Louis Stevens, working with Will...

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Robert L. Stevens MP (1787 - 1856)

Colonel Robert Livingston Stevens (October 18, 1787 – April 20, 1856 Hoboken, New Jersey) was the son of Colonel John Stevens. In 1807, the father and son built the Phœnix, a steamship ...

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Edwin Augustus Stevens (1795 - 1868)

Edwin Augustus Stevens (July 28, 1795 – August 8, 1868) was an American engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who left a bequest that was used to establish the Stevens Institute of Technology. ...

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Colonel John Stevens III (Continental Army) MP (1749 - 1838)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY with the rank of MAJOR. DAR Ancestor # A108918 ) Col. John Stevens, III (1749 - March 6, 1838) was an American lawyer, engineer and an inventor. ...

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William Stanley, Jr. (1858 - 1916)

. William Stanley, Jr. (November 28, 1858–May 14, 1916) was an American physicist born in Brooklyn, New York. In his career, he obtained 129 patents covering a variety of electric devices. ...

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Elmer Ambrose Sperry MP (1860 - 1930)

Elmer Ambrose Sperry (October 12, 1860 – June 16, 1930) was a prolific inventor and entrepreneur, most famous as co-inventor, with Herman Anschütz-Kaempfe of the gyrocompass. Sperry...

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James Murray Spangler MP (1848 - 1915)

James Spangler -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- James Spangler invented a portable electric vacuum cleaner - the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner. In 1907, Ja...

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Games Slayter ("Father of Fiberglass") (1896 - 1964)

Games Slayter (December 9 1896 – October 15 1964) was a prolific U.S. inventor best known for developing Fiberglass. Dr. (Russell) Games Slayter, "Father of Fiberglas" Born Russell Games S...

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Christopher Latham Sholes MP (1819 - 1890)

Christopher Latham Sholes (February 14, 1819 – February 17, 1890) was an American inventor who invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today. He was also a...

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Waldo Lonsbury Semon (1898 - 1999)

Waldo Lonsbury Semon (September 10, 1898 – May 26, 1999) was a renowned American inventor born in Demopolis, Alabama. Semon put his name into the history books for inventing vinyl, the wor...

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William Sellers MP (1824 - 1905)

William Sellers (September 19, 1824 – January 24, 1905) was a mechanical engineer, manufacturer, businessperson, and inventor who filed more than 90 patents, most notably the design for the ...

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Joseph Saxton (1799 - 1873)

Joseph Saxton (1799-1873) was an American inventor, born at Huntingdon, Pa. He went to Philadelphia in 1817 and while there invented a machine for cutting the teeth of marine chronometer wheels, an...

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Wallace Clement Sabine MP (1868 - 1919)

Wallace Clement Sabine (June 13, 1868 - January 10, 1919) was an American physicist who founded the field of architectural acoustics. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1886 at the age of 18 ...

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John Raphael Rogers (1856 - 1934)

John Raphael Rogers Born December 11, 1856 – February 18, 1934 Matrix for Linotype-Machine Patent #: 837,127 Inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2007 John Rogers inve...

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Norbert Rillieux MP (1806 - 1894)

Safety, efficiency and profitability - these are the major reasons for the success of an invention. As well, an even greater qualification is when the invention revolutionizes an industry and an overwh...

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Valdemar Poulsen, opfinder af radiotelegrafen (1869 - 1942)

Valdemar Poulsen (23 November 1869 – 23 July 1942) was a Danish engineer who developed a magnetic wire recorder in 1899. Biography He was born on 23 November 1869 in Copenhagen The magne...

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Roy J. Plunkett (1910 - 1994)

Roy J. Plunkett (June 26, 1910 – May 12, 1994) was the chemist who accidentally invented Teflon in 1938. He attended Newton High School. Plunkett was born in New Carlisle, Ohio and attende...

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Lester Allan Pelton (1829 - 1908)

Lester Allan Pelton (September 5, 1829 – March 14, 1908) was an American inventor and is best known for developing the most efficient form of an impulse water turbine, the Pelton wheel. He is ...

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Gerald L. Pearson MP (1905 - 1987)

Gerald L. Pearson Born March 31, 1905 - Died October 25, 1987 Silicon Solar Cell Patent #: 2,780,765 Inducted into the Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2008 Gerald Pearson's fundamental research in s...

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