Top 10 Inventors of all Time

10 great 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'
  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.

 

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Citation : Pettinger, Tejvan. "Top 10 Inventors", Oxford, www.biographyonline.net - 4th Sept. 2012.

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