Everyday life is constantly changing and improving thanks to the ingenious ideas of famous inventors past and present. What once seemed impossible is now possible thanks to the creations and contributions of the inventors featured in our project. These and so many other famous inventors and their creations have changed the course of human history.
The stories of history and science behind each of the inventors highlighted in the LearnMore app and posters have inspired our team since childhood. With an increased demand for jobs in the science and technology spaces it is important to inspire learners with powerful stories and engaging science.
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1706-1790 Franklin earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and theFranklin stove, among other inventions. 1784 – Bifocals As Benjamin Franklin aged, his vision, which had never been great, deteriorated even further. When this ongoing challenge presented itself, Franklin devised an invention that would help him to see long distances and be able to continue his favorite hobby, reading.
1732-1799 George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. 1792 – Threshing Barn George Washington fully developed plans for the 16 Sided Threshing Barn. The new barn was to perform the functions of grain processing and storage—but in a radically different manner and with several novel features.
1743-1826 Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president. Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights. 1795 – Cypher Wheel The Jefferson disk, or wheel cypher as Thomas Jefferson named it, also known as the Bazeries Cylinder, is a cipher system using a set of wheels or disks, each with the 26 letters of the alphabet arranged around their edge.
1743-1826 Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. 1880 – Lightbulb Edison focused on inventing a safe, inexpensive electric light – a challenge that scientists had been grappling with for the last 50 years. He made a breakthrough, which proved to be the key to a long-lasting and affordable light bulb.
1863-1947 Henry Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company. Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the twentieth century. 1908 – Model T The Model T was Ford’s first automobile mass-produced on moving assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class.
1867-1912 Wilbur Wright is best known for developing the first successful airplane with his brother, Orville. Wilbur and Orville always took shared credit for their innovations, and maintained a close relationship throughout their lives. 1903 – Airplane On December 17, 1903, they succeeded in flying the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane. An extraordinary achievement, Wilbur flew the plane for 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet.
1871-1948 Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1871, Orville Wright and his elder brother, Wilbur Wright, were the inventors of the world’s first successful airplane. Orville is also known for developing technology for the U.S. Army. 1903 – Airplane Utilizing their concept of “wing warping” and the movable rudder, the brothers developed a design that had eluded all who came before them. The Wright brothers succeeded in making the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane.
1889-1953 Edwin Powell Hubble was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century. 1924 – Expanding Universe Theory Hubble’s findings fundamentally changed the scientific view of the universe. Supporters of Hubble’s expanding universe theory state that Hubble’s discovery of nebulae outside of our galaxy helped pave the way for future astronomers.
1928-Present James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953. He was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”. 1953 – DNA Double Helix In mid-March 1953, using experimental data, Watson and Crick deduced the double helixstructure of DNA. The discovery of the double helix structure of DNA can be regarded as a turning point in science: human understanding of life was fundamentally changed and the modern era of biology began.