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

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847
Inventor, Businessman

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

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.)
George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
01 January 1864
Scientist & Inventor

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh
04 February 1902
Aviator, Inventor & Author

John DeLoreanJohn DeLorean
06 January 1925
Inventor, Engineer
Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852
Doctor, Inventor
William Moulton MarstonWilliam Moulton Marston
09 May 1893

Garrett MorganGarrett Morgan
04 March 1877

Philo FarnsworthPhilo Farnsworth
19 August 1906

Eli WhitneyEli Whitney
08 December 1765
American inventor

Samuel MorseSamuel Morse
27 April 1791
Lewis Howard LatimerLewis Howard Latimer
04 September 1848

Dean KamenDean Kamen
05 April 1951
Inventor of Segway PT

Robert H. GoddardRobert H. Goddard
05 October 1882

George EastmanGeorge Eastman
12 July 1854
Inventor of Roll Film
William ShockleyWilliam Shockley
13 February 1910

Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci
13 April 1808
Inventor of voice-communication apparatus
Robert FultonRobert Fulton
14 November 1765
American engineer & inventor

Robert NoyceRobert Noyce
12 December 1927
Co-inventor of the integrated circuit

Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones
17 May 1893
Lee de ForestLee de Forest
26 August 1873
Father of Radio

Herman HollerithHerman Hollerith
29 February 1860
Father of modern automatic computation
Leo FenderLeo Fender
10 August 1909

Granville WoodsGranville Woods
23 April 1856

Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer
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
Leo BaekelandLeo Baekeland
14 November 1863
Chemist & Inventor

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick
15 February 1809
Inventor of mechanical reaper

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

Charles Hard TownesCharles H. Townes
28 July 1915
Christopher Latham Sholes Christopher Latham Sholes
14 February 1819
Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard
Edwin H. LandEdwin H. Land
07 May 1909

Peter CooperPeter Cooper
12 February 1791
Industrialist & Inventors

Emile BerlinerEmile Berliner
20 May 1851

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke
10 February 1883
Electrical Engineer
An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories

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

Orville WrightOrville Wright
19 August 1871
Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane

Val Logsdon FitchVal Logsdon Fitch
10 March 1923

Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright
16 April 1867
Katharine Burr BlodgettKatharine Burr Blodgett
10 January 1898

Charles Martin HallCharles Martin Hall
06 December 1863
Arnold Orville BeckmanArnold Orville Beckman
10 April 1900

Victor Francis HessVictor Francis Hess
24 June 1883
Discoverer of Cosmic Rays

Beulah Louise HenryBeulah Louise Henry
11 February 1887
Lady Edison
Sarah E. GoodeSarah E. Goode
1855 AD

Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885
Civil Engineer
Mary WaltonMary Walton
1827 AD

Lori GreinerLori Greiner
09 December 1969
Television personality

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

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor

Rodney MullenRodney Mullen
17 August 1966
Thomas MassieThomas Massie
13 January 1971

Paul WinchellPaul Winchell
21 December 1922
Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor

Tom ScholzTom Scholz
10 March 1947

Tony FadellTony Fadell
22 March 1969
Henry J. HeinzHenry J. Heinz
11 October 1844

P. G. T. BeauregardP. G. T. Beauregard
28 May 1818
Military personnel, Artilleryman, Inventor,
Mickey ThompsonMickey Thompson
07 December 1928
Inventor, Racing driver

Gummo MarxGummo Marx
23 October 1892
Actor, Comedian, Inventor

Clarence BirdseyeClarence Birdseye
09 December 1886
Inventor, Engineer
Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao
04 November 1933
Physicist, Engineer, Scientist, Inventor,

Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear
29 December 1800
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer
Elisha OtisElisha Otis
03 August 1811
Inventor, Technician

Moxie MarlinspikeMoxie Marlinspike

Elisha GrayElisha Gray
02 August 1835
Robert MoogRobert Moog
23 May 1934
Inventor, Engineer, University teacher

James W. MarshallJames W. Marshall
08 October 1810
Joiner, Carpenter
Edwin Howard ArmstrongEdwin Howard Armstrong
18 December 1890
Electrical engineer, Inventor, Engineer

Hiram Bingham IIIHiram Bingham III
19 November 1875
Academic, explorer and politician

Robert KearnsRobert Kearns
10 March 1927
Inventor, Engineer

Theodore Miller EdisonTheodore Miller Edison
10 July 1898
Isaac SingerIsaac Singer
27 October 1811
Actor, Inventor
Vladimir K. ZworykinVladimir K. Zworykin
17 July 1888
engineer, physicist, inventor

Elliot HandlerElliot Handler
09 April 1916

Willis CarrierWillis Carrier
26 November 1876
Engineer, Inventor

Alfred VailAlfred Vail
25 September 1807
Elias HoweElias Howe
09 July 1819
Inventor, Engineer

George PullmanGeorge Pullman
03 March 1831
Inventor, Entrepreneur

Hiram MaximHiram Maxim
05 February 1840

Ralph H. BaerRalph H. Baer
08 March 1922
Inventor, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Patent inventor

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

Caresse CrosbyCaresse Crosby
20 April 1891
Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist,
Charles Proteus SteinmetzCharles Proteus Steinmetz
09 April 1865
Mathematician, Electrical engineer, Engineer,

Samuel InsullSamuel Insull
11 November 1859
Business Magnate
Bette Nesmith GrahamBette Nesmith Graham
23 March 1924
Inventor, Entrepreneur
Samuel Pierpont LangleySamuel Pierpont Langley
22 August 1834