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

Hedy LamarrHedy Lamarr
09 November 1914
Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
11 August 1950
Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh
04 February 1902
Aviator, Inventor & Author

John DeLoreanJohn DeLorean
06 January 1925
Inventor, Engineer

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor

George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
01 January 1864
Scientist & Inventor
William Moulton MarstonWilliam Moulton Marston
09 May 1893
Psychologist

Philo FarnsworthPhilo Farnsworth
19 August 1906
Inventor
William ShockleyWilliam Shockley
13 February 1910
Physicist

Samuel MorseSamuel Morse
27 April 1791
Painter

Eli WhitneyEli Whitney
08 December 1765
American inventor
Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci
13 April 1808
Inventor of voice-communication apparatus

George EastmanGeorge Eastman
12 July 1854
Inventor of Roll Film
Robert NoyceRobert Noyce
12 December 1927
Co-inventor of the integrated circuit

Robert FultonRobert Fulton
14 November 1765
American engineer & inventor

Lee de ForestLee de Forest
26 August 1873
Father of Radio
Herman HollerithHerman Hollerith
29 February 1860
Father of modern automatic computation

Jack KilbyJack Kilby
08 November 1923
Inventor of integrated circuit
Ray TomlinsonRay Tomlinson
23 April 1941
Inventor of the First Email System

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick
15 February 1809
Inventor of mechanical reaper

Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
14 November 1863
Chemist & Inventor

Christopher Latham Sholes Christopher Latham Sholes
14 February 1819
Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard
Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering
29 August 1876
Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
Orville WrightOrville Wright
19 August 1871
Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane

Edwin H. LandEdwin H. Land
07 May 1909
Scientist

Peter CooperPeter Cooper
12 February 1791
Industrialist & Inventors

Emile BerlinerEmile Berliner
20 May 1851
Inventor
Charles Hard TownesCharles H. Townes
28 July 1915
Physicist

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Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright
16 April 1867
 

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

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

Victor Francis HessVictor Francis Hess
24 June 1883
Discoverer of Cosmic Rays
Arnold Orville BeckmanArnold Orville Beckman
10 April 1900
Chemist

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke
10 February 1883
Electrical Engineer
Katharine Burr BlodgettKatharine Burr Blodgett
10 January 1898
Scientist

Val Logsdon FitchVal Logsdon Fitch
10 March 1923
Physicist

Beulah Louise HenryBeulah Louise Henry
11 February 1887
Lady Edison
Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885
Civil Engineer

Mary WaltonMary Walton
1827 AD
Inventor
Jimmy WalesJimmy Wales
07 August 1966
Trader, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Wikipedian

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor

Les PaulLes Paul
09 June 1915
Guitarist, Banjoist, Inventor, Jazz musician, Jazz

Tom ScholzTom Scholz
10 March 1947
Musician

John BrowningJohn Browning
23 January 1855
Inventor
Paul WinchellPaul Winchell
21 December 1922
Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor

Willis CarrierWillis Carrier
26 November 1876
Engineer, Inventor

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

Gummo MarxGummo Marx
23 October 1892
Actor, Comedian, Inventor
Leo FenderLeo Fender
10 August 1909
American inventor

John PembertonJohn Pemberton
08 July 1831
Pharmacist, Inventor, Chemist
Robert KearnsRobert Kearns
10 March 1927
Inventor, Engineer

Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840
Inventor

Charles Proteus SteinmetzCharles Proteus Steinmetz
09 April 1865
Mathematician, Electrical engineer, Engineer,
Garrett MorganGarrett Morgan
04 March 1877
Inventor

Hiram Bingham IIIHiram Bingham III
19 November 1875
Academic, explorer and politician
Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao
04 November 1933
Physicist, Engineer, Scientist, Inventor,

Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear
29 December 1800
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer

Mickey ThompsonMickey Thompson
07 December 1928
Inventor, Racing driver
Robert MoogRobert Moog
23 May 1934
Inventor, Engineer, University teacher

Elisha OtisElisha Otis
03 August 1811
Inventor, Technician
Moxie MarlinspikeMoxie Marlinspike
 

Lewis Howard LatimerLewis Howard Latimer
03 September 1848
inventor

Melvil DeweyMelvil Dewey
10 December 1851
Librarian, Resort developer, Reformer

Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811
Actor, Inventor
Elisha GrayElisha Gray
02 August 1835
Engineer
Edwin Howard ArmstrongEdwin Howard Armstrong
18 December 1890
Electrical engineer, Inventor, Engineer

Bette Nesmith GrahamBette Nesmith Graham
23 March 1924
Inventor, Entrepreneur

Theodore Miller EdisonTheodore Miller Edison
10 July 1898
Inventor

Ralph H. BaerRalph H. Baer
08 March 1922
Inventor, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Patent inventor
Gary FisherGary Fisher
05 November 1950
Sport cyclist, Inventor

Elias HoweElias Howe
09 July 1819
Inventor, Engineer

Ruth Graves WakefieldRuth Graves Wakefield
17 June 1903
Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson,

Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
20 April 1891
Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist,

Shuji NakamuraShuji Nakamura
22 May 1954
Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Professor
Vladimir K. ZworykinVladimir K. Zworykin
17 July 1888
engineer, physicist, inventor

Percy SpencerPercy Spencer
09 July 1894
engineer, inventor
Bill LearBill Lear
26 June 1902
Aerospace engineer, Engineer

George PullmanGeorge Pullman
03 March 1831
Inventor, Entrepreneur

Richard Jordan GatlingRichard Jordan Gatling
12 September 1818
Inventor
Phineas QuimbyPhineas Quimby
16 February 1802
Clockmaker, Inventor

Clarence BirdseyeClarence Birdseye
09 December 1886
Inventor, Engineer
Malcom McLeanMalcom McLean
14 November 1913
Shipowner

R. G. LeTourneauR. G. LeTourneau
30 November 1888
 

William G. MorganWilliam G. Morgan
23 January 1870
Inventor, Teacher, Volleyball player,

Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones
17 May 1893
 
Benjamin HoltBenjamin Holt
01 January 1849
Inventor

John Philip HollandJohn Philip Holland
01 March 1841
engineer, entrepreneur, inventor, submariner
Josephine CochraneJosephine Cochrane
08 March 1839
inventor

Ray DolbyRay Dolby
18 January 1933
Engineer, Inventor, Audio engineer, Electrical
James W. MarshallJames W. Marshall
08 October 1810
Joiner, Carpenter

Charles DarrowCharles Darrow
10 August 1889
Inventor, Publisher, Patent inventor
Danny HillisDanny Hillis
25 September 1956
Inventor, Scientist, Engineer, Entrepreneur,