Inventors & Discoverers

Today you would not be reading this page had it not been for the inventions of the geniuses like Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, and Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee whose works formed the foundation for the modern computer system and internet. Inventors are the individuals who develop a process or a product for the first time while discoverers are those who observe a scientific or natural phenomenon for the first time. Inventors and discoverers from the beginning of civilization have made this world a richer and better place through their relentless scientific observations, studies and researches. Centuries ago Hans Lippershey invented the first telescope thus ushering in a new era in the field of space sciences.  What would have the world been like had it not been for Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time? Can you imagine a world without electric lighting? The modern man is so dependent upon technology for communication and it is would have been possible without Graham Bell’s invention, the telephone, which set off newer inventions in the field of communication. Alexander Fleming might have discovered penicillin accidentally but there is no denying the fact that he revolutionized the world of modern medicine. Browse on to read more about the inventors and discoverers who changed the course of world history.

1Elon Musk

Elon Musk
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Birthday: 28 June 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American, South African

Entrepreneur, engineer and industrial designer, Elon Musk, is famous as founder of the electronic payment firm PayPal, and the SpaceX spacecraft company. He is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon Musk has plans to revolutionize transportation on earth as well as to space through futuristic technology.

2Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
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Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Birthday: 10 July 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: 07 January 1943

Inventor, engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla, is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A prolific inventor, he had around 300 patents for his inventions. Even though he earned a considerable amount of money, he had poor money management skills and died a poor man.

3Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthday: 24 December 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 05 April 1976

A multi-talented personality, Howard Hughes was one of the richest person of his time. A business tycoon, he made big investments in films and aviation industry. Passionate about flying, he set numerous flying records, and also risked his own life in process. Howard Hughes who inherited his family business and became millionaire at the age of 18, was later on troubled with mental illness and turned recluse.

4Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison
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Famous As: Inventor, Businessman
Birthday: 11 February 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 18 October 1931

Described as America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison’s legacy is an everlasting one. He was the first to help make the incandescent light bulb commercially viable, even though he was not the first inventor of it. Quadruplex telegraph, phonograph, motion picture camera and the alkaline storage battery are some the many innovations that made him a worldwide phenomenon and an icon.

5Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak
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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthday: 11 August 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

6Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor & Author
Birthday: 04 February 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 26 August 1974

7Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr
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Famous As: Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread spectrum
Birthday: 09 November 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: 19 January 2000
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8Shiva Ayyadurai

Shiva Ayyadurai
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Famous As: Inventor of Email
Birthday: 02 December 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

9Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthday: 04 September 1848
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 11 December 1928

10Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthday: 03 March 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
Died: 02 August 1922

11Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee
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Famous As: Inventor of the World Wide Web
Birthday: 08 June 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

12Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthday: 09 December 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

13John DeLorean

John DeLorean
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthday: 06 January 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 19 March 2005

14George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver
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Famous As: Scientist & Inventor
Birthday: 01 January 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 05 January 1943

15Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson
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Famous As: First European to reach North America
Birthday: 0970 AD
Nationality: Icelander
Died: 1020 AD

16Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel
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Famous As:
Birthday: 21 October 1833
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish
Died: 10 December 1896

17Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal
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Famous As: French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer and Catholic Philosopher
Birthday: 19 June 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: 19 August 1662

18Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 24 May 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

19Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen
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Famous As: Skateboarder
Birthday: 17 August 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

20Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg
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Famous As: Printer
Birthday: 1398 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 03 February 1468

21Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthday: 25 April 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: 20 July 1937

22Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov
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Famous As: Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle
Birthday: 10 November 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: 23 December 2013

23Dmitri Mendeleev

Dmitri Mendeleev
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Famous As: Inventor of Periodic Table
Birthday: 08 February 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: 02 February 1907

24Edd China

Edd China
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthday: 09 May 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

25John Harvey Kellogg

John Harvey Kellogg
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Famous As: Doctor, Inventor
Birthday: 26 February 1852
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 14 December 1943

26Masamune

Masamune
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Famous As: Swordsmith
Birthday: 1264 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 1343 AD

27James Dyson

James Dyson
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthday: 02 May 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

28Les Paul

Les Paul
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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Inventor, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Radio personality, Musical instrument maker
Birthday: 09 June 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 13 August 2009

29P. G. T. Beauregard

P. G. T. Beauregard
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Famous As: Military personnel, Artilleryman, Inventor, Writer, Politician
Birthday: 28 May 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 20 February 1893

30George Westinghouse

George Westinghouse
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthday: 06 October 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 12 March 1914

31James Watt

James Watt
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Famous As: Inventor of Steam Engine
Birthday: 19 January 1736
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
Died: 25 August 1819

32William Moulton Marston

William Moulton Marston
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthday: 09 May 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 02 May 1947

33Tom Scholz

Tom Scholz
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Famous As: Musician
Birthday: 10 March 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

34Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse
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Famous As: Painter
Birthday: 27 April 1791
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 02 April 1872

35Zhuge Liang

Zhuge Liang
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Famous As: Military Strategist, Inventor
Birthday: 0181 AD
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 0234 AD

36William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthday: 05 August 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Malawian

37Philo Farnsworth

Philo Farnsworth
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthday: 19 August 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 11 March 1971

38David Baszucki

David Baszucki
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthday: 20 January 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

39Francis Galton

Francis Galton
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthday: 16 February 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 17 January 1911

40George Eastman

George Eastman
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Famous As: Inventor of Roll Film
Birthday: 12 July 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 14 March 1932

41Henry J. Heinz

Henry J. Heinz
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthday: 11 October 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 14 May 1919

42Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney
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Famous As: American inventor
Birthday: 08 December 1765
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 08 January 1825

43William Shockley

William Shockley
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthday: 13 February 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 12 August 1989

44Humphry Davy

Humphry Davy
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Famous As: Inventor of Davy Lamp
Birthday: 17 December 1778
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: 29 May 1829

45John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthday: 13 August 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: 14 June 1946

46Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthday: 13 January 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

47Willis Carrier

Willis Carrier
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor
Birthday: 26 November 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 07 October 1950

48Paul Winchell

Paul Winchell
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Famous As: Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor
Birthday: 21 December 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 24 June 2005

49Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Volta
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Famous As: Physicist, Inventor, University teacher
Birthday: 18 February 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: 05 March 1827

50Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen
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Famous As: Inventor of Segway PT
Birthday: 05 April 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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