Top 10 Inventors of all Time

Ten of the greatest inventors who helped change the world.

1. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)Edison filed over 1,000 patents. He developed and innovated a wide range of products from the electric light bulb to the phonograph and motion picture camera.

2. The Wright Brothers -Successfully designed, built and flew the first powered aircraft, showing that man could fly. One of most important inventions of Twentieth Century.

3. Benjamin Franklin (1705 – 1790) Polymath who discovered electricity and invented the Franklin stove.

4. Charles Babbage (1791 – 1871)- Created first mechanical computer, which proved to be the prototype for future computers. Considered to be the ‘Father of Computers’

James_Watt 5. James Watt (1736 – 1819) Inventor of the steam engine, which was critical in the industrial revolution. His invention of a separate condensing chamber, greatly improved the efficiency of steam.

6. Alexander Bell (1847 – 1922) Credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Also worked on optical telecommunications, aeronautics and hydrofoils.

7. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519) One of the greatest ever minds, invented models that proved workable 3-500 years later.

8. Galileo (1564-1642) Developed a powerful telescope and confirmed revolutionary theories about the nature of the world. Also developed an improved compass.

9. Tim Berners Lee Developed the http:// protocol for the internet. Making the world wide web freely available.

10. Archimedes (287 BC – c. 212 BC) Amongst other things worked out pi and developed the Archimedes screw for lifting up water from mines or wells.


Citation : Pettinger, Tejvan. “Top 10 Inventors”, Oxford, 23rd Nov, 2013


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