Man's quest for knowledge — to know the unknown and explore the undiscovered — has taken him places. Thanks to his insatiable appetite for wisdom and never-ending curiosity, today we know of things, places, and phenomenon erstwhile unknown to men. It is to this fine lot of inventors and discoverers that we owe our enlightenment to. Talking about pioneers, America has been lucky enough to home a world of famous inventors and discoverers who have staked claims to the loftiest discoveries and inventions of the land. From Alexander Graham Bell and George Eastman to Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford and from Neil Armstrong and Richard Byrd to William Clark and Matthew Henson, the world has seen, known and lauded a gamut of enterprising Americans who enlightened the world with their findings. It is because of them that the world is a much better place today. We look at the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on some of the most famous American inventors and discoverers in the biographies below.
Elon MuskElon Musk
28 June 1971
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla
10 July 1856
Inventor, Father of Radio

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847
Inventor, Businessman

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
11 August 1950
Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh
04 February 1902
Aviator, Inventor & Author
Hedy LamarrHedy Lamarr
09 November 1914
Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread

John DeLoreanJohn DeLorean
06 January 1925
Inventor, Engineer

George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
01 January 1864
Scientist & Inventor
Philo FarnsworthPhilo Farnsworth
19 August 1906
Inventor

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor
John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852
Doctor, Inventor

Lewis Howard LatimerLewis Howard Latimer
04 September 1848
Inventor

William Moulton MarstonWilliam Moulton Marston
09 May 1893
Psychologist

Dean KamenDean Kamen
05 April 1951
Inventor of Segway PT

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846
Entrepreneur
Samuel MorseSamuel Morse
27 April 1791
Painter

Eli WhitneyEli Whitney
08 December 1765
American inventor

William ShockleyWilliam Shockley
13 February 1910
Physicist

George EastmanGeorge Eastman
12 July 1854
Inventor of Roll Film
Robert H. GoddardRobert H. Goddard
05 October 1882
Physicist

Garrett MorganGarrett Morgan
04 March 1877
Inventor
Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci
13 April 1808
Inventor of voice-communication apparatus

Leo FenderLeo Fender
10 August 1909
Inventor

Robert NoyceRobert Noyce
12 December 1927
Co-inventor of the integrated circuit
Robert FultonRobert Fulton
14 November 1765
American engineer & inventor

Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones
17 May 1893
Inventor
Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
14 November 1863
Chemist & Inventor

Lee de ForestLee de Forest
26 August 1873
Father of Radio

Herman HollerithHerman Hollerith
29 February 1860
Father of modern automatic computation
Ray TomlinsonRay Tomlinson
23 April 1941
Inventor of the First Email System

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Jack KilbyJack Kilby
08 November 1923
Inventor of integrated circuit
Edwin H. LandEdwin H. Land
07 May 1909
Scientist

Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering
29 August 1876
Inventor, Engineer & Businessman

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick
15 February 1809
Inventor of mechanical reaper

Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer
Christopher Latham Sholes Christopher Latham Sholes
14 February 1819
Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard
Emile BerlinerEmile Berliner
20 May 1851
Inventor

Granville WoodsGranville Woods
23 April 1856
Inventor

Peter CooperPeter Cooper
12 February 1791
Industrialist & Inventors

Charles Hard TownesCharles H. Townes
28 July 1915
Physicist
Orville WrightOrville Wright
19 August 1871
Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane

An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories

Wallace Hume Carothers Wallace Carothers
27 April 1896
Inventor of Neoprene & Nylon

Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright
16 April 1867
 

Sarah E. GoodeSarah E. Goode
1855 AD
Inventor
Arnold Orville BeckmanArnold Orville Beckman
10 April 1900
Chemist

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke
10 February 1883
Electrical Engineer
Victor Francis HessVictor Francis Hess
24 June 1883
Discoverer of Cosmic Rays

Charles Martin HallCharles Martin Hall
06 December 1863
Inventor

Val Logsdon FitchVal Logsdon Fitch
10 March 1923
Physicist
Katharine Burr BlodgettKatharine Burr Blodgett
10 January 1898
Scientist

Beulah Louise HenryBeulah Louise Henry
11 February 1887
Lady Edison
Mary WaltonMary Walton
1827 AD
Inventor

Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885
Civil Engineer

Lori GreinerLori Greiner
09 December 1969
Television personality

Matthias W. BaldwinMatthias W. Baldwin
10 December 1795
Inventor

Rodney MullenRodney Mullen
17 August 1966
Skateboarder
Les PaulLes Paul
09 June 1915
Guitarist, Banjoist, Inventor, Jazz musician, Jazz

P. G. T. BeauregardP. G. T. Beauregard
28 May 1818
Military personnel, Artilleryman, Inventor,

Tom ScholzTom Scholz
10 March 1947
Musician

Henry J. HeinzHenry J. Heinz
11 October 1844
Businessperson
Thomas MassieThomas Massie
13 January 1971
Inventor

Paul WinchellPaul Winchell
21 December 1922
Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor
Willis CarrierWillis Carrier
26 November 1876
Engineer, Inventor

Gummo MarxGummo Marx
23 October 1892
Actor, Comedian, Inventor

MoondogMoondog
26 May 1916
Musician
Clarence BirdseyeClarence Birdseye
09 December 1886
Inventor, Engineer

Max FleischerMax Fleischer
19 July 1883
Animator
Moxie MarlinspikeMoxie Marlinspike
 

Josef HofmannJosef Hofmann
20 January 1876
Pianist

Tony FadellTony Fadell
22 March 1969
Engineer
Hiram Bingham IIIHiram Bingham III
19 November 1875
Academic, explorer and politician

David Marshall WilliamsDavid Marshall Williams
13 November 1900
 
Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
20 April 1891
Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist,

Mickey ThompsonMickey Thompson
07 December 1928
Inventor, Racing driver

Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear
29 December 1800
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer

Theodore Miller EdisonTheodore Miller Edison
10 July 1898
Inventor
Robert MoogRobert Moog
23 May 1934
Inventor, Engineer, University teacher
Elisha OtisElisha Otis
03 August 1811
Inventor, Technician

Gary FisherGary Fisher
05 November 1950
Sport cyclist, Inventor

David RittenhouseDavid Rittenhouse
08 April 1732
Astronomer

Robert KearnsRobert Kearns
10 March 1927
Inventor, Engineer
Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811
Actor, Inventor

Auguste PiccardAuguste Piccard
28 January 1884
Chemist

John PembertonJohn Pemberton
08 July 1831
Pharmacist, Inventor, Chemist

Elisha GrayElisha Gray
02 August 1835
Engineer

Melvil DeweyMelvil Dewey
10 December 1851
Librarian, Resort developer, Reformer
Hugo GernsbackHugo Gernsback
16 August 1884
Inventor

Elias HoweElias Howe
09 July 1819
Inventor, Engineer
Charles Proteus SteinmetzCharles Proteus Steinmetz
09 April 1865
Mathematician, Electrical engineer, Engineer,

Ralph H. BaerRalph H. Baer
08 March 1922
Inventor
Edwin Howard ArmstrongEdwin Howard Armstrong
18 December 1890
Electrical engineer
Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840
Inventor