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

Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla

10 July 1856

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison

11 February 1847

Howard HughesHoward Hughes

24 December 1905

Hedy LamarrHedy Lamarr

09 November 1914

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak

11 August 1950

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh

04 February 1902

Samuel MorseSamuel Morse

27 April 1791

Eli WhitneyEli Whitney

08 December 1765

Philo FarnsworthPhilo Farnsworth

19 August 1906

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William ShockleyWilliam Shockley

13 February 1910

George EastmanGeorge Eastman

12 July 1854

Robert FultonRobert Fulton

14 November 1765

Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci

13 April 1808

Robert NoyceRobert Noyce

12 December 1927

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick

15 February 1809

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Herman HollerithHerman Hollerith

29 February 1860

Lee de ForestLee de Forest

26 August 1873

Jack KilbyJack Kilby

08 November 1923

Ray TomlinsonRay Tomlinson

23 April 1941

Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland

14 November 1863

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Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering

29 August 1876

Orville WrightOrville Wright

19 August 1871

Edwin H. LandEdwin H. Land

07 May 1909

Emile BerlinerEmile Berliner

20 May 1851

Peter CooperPeter Cooper

12 February 1791

Charles Hard TownesCharles H. Townes

28 July 1915

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An WangAn Wang

07 February 1920

Wallace Hume Carothers Wallace Carothers

27 April 1896

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke

10 February 1883

Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright

16 April 1867

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Val Logsdon FitchVal Logsdon Fitch

10 March 1923

Beulah Louise HenryBeulah Louise Henry

11 February 1887

Olive DennisOlive Dennis

20 November 1885

Jimmy WalesJimmy Wales

07 August 1966

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Les PaulLes Paul

09 June 1915

John BrowningJohn Browning

23 January 1855

John PembertonJohn Pemberton

08 July 1831

P. G. T. BeauregardP. G. T. Beauregard

28 May 1818

Paul WinchellPaul Winchell

21 December 1922

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse

06 October 1846

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Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao

04 November 1933

Gummo MarxGummo Marx

23 October 1892

George DevolGeorge Devol

20 February 1912

Garrett MorganGarrett Morgan

04 March 1877

Lewis Howard LatimerLewis Howard Latimer

03 September 1848

Leo FenderLeo Fender

10 August 1909

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Mickey ThompsonMickey Thompson

07 December 1928

Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear

29 December 1800

Elisha OtisElisha Otis

03 August 1811

Willis CarrierWillis Carrier

26 November 1876

Robert KearnsRobert Kearns

10 March 1927

Hiram Bingham IIIHiram Bingham III

19 November 1875

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Robert MoogRobert Moog

23 May 1934

George PullmanGeorge Pullman

03 March 1831

Theodore Miller EdisonTheodore Miller Edison

10 July 1898

Moxie MarlinspikeMoxie Marlinspike

Edwin Howard ArmstrongEdwin Howard Armstrong

18 December 1890

Ralph H. BaerRalph H. Baer

08 March 1922

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Melvil DeweyMelvil Dewey

10 December 1851

Hiram MaximHiram Maxim

05 February 1840

Elias HoweElias Howe

09 July 1819

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer

27 October 1811

Herbert Henry DowHerbert Henry Dow

26 February 1866

Percy SpencerPercy Spencer

09 July 1894

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Elisha GrayElisha Gray

02 August 1835

Richard Jordan GatlingRichard Jordan Gatling

12 September 1818

Bette Nesmith GrahamBette Nesmith Graham

23 March 1924

Josephine CochraneJosephine Cochrane

08 March 1839

Shuji NakamuraShuji Nakamura

22 May 1954

James W. MarshallJames W. Marshall

08 October 1810

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Charles Proteus SteinmetzCharles Proteus Steinmetz

09 April 1865

Vladimir K. ZworykinVladimir K. Zworykin

17 July 1888

Bill LearBill Lear

26 June 1902