Some of the world’s great innovators who have made remarkable discoveries.
1. J.Gutenberg (1395 – 1468) Inventor of the first printing press in Germany. Also created one of the first publishing firms, selling many copies of the mass-produced books, like the Gutenberg Bible. An innovation which changed the world.
2. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) During his lifetime, Edison filed over 1,000 patents for new inventions. He also had the capacity to make them commercially viable. He made a fortune through the electric light bulb and other inventions such as the phonograph.
3. Galileo – A great innovator who developed the telescope, pendulum clocks, thermometers
4. Charles Babbage – developed the first computers which he called his analytical engines.
5. Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) Polish physicist and chemist. Discovered radiation and helped to apply it in the field of X-ray. She won Nobel Prize in both Chemistry and Physics.
6. Nikola Tesla – Tesla made many great inventions related to electricity, in particular, the modern AC electric current which became the standard.
7. Louis Pasteur – Developed the process of pasteurisation which made wine and milk much safer to drink.
8. Michael Faraday – Worked on making use of electricity through his discoveries in electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.
9. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) Steve Jobs was the great innovator of the digital and home computing revolution. Jobs oversaw the development of key innovations such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad.
10. John Logie Baird – developed the first Television and also worked on first colour tv.
George Stephenson – Worked on successful steam engines, and helped build the first mainline railway between two cities
Alexander Bell (1847 – 1922) – Scottish inventor of the telephone and developments in understanding hearing.
Edward Jenner – developed a vaccination for smallpox, which also led on to future inoculations against infectious diseases.
Alexander Fleming – Discovered penicillin – a life-saving treatment that helped to cure many bacterial infections.
Bill Gates (1955- ) Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates helped revolutionise operating systems for personal computers, becoming one of richest persons on the planet. He now works full-time for his charitable foundation.
Scientists – Famous scientists from Aristotle and Archimedes to Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin. Including mathematicians, biologists, physicists and chemists.
Inventions that changed the world – Famous inventions that made a great difference to the progress of the world, including aluminium, the telephone and the printing press.
100 most influential people – A list of 100 most influential people as chosen by Michael H. Hast, from his book 100 most influential people in the world. Includes; Muhammad, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Confucius, St Paul and Johann Gutenberg.
Inventors – Famous inventors including Cai Lun, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Sir Isaac Newton, James Watt and Samuel Morse.