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 1 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
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Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: January 7, 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.

 2 Orville Wright

Orville Wright
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Famous As: Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane
Birthdate: August 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: January 30, 1948

Orville Wright was an aviation pioneer who alongside his brother, Wilbur, built and flew the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, the Wright Flyer, a heavier-than-air aircraft. The three-axis control system developed by the brothers remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. Orville also served on the board of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

 3 George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver
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Famous As: Scientist & Inventor
Birthdate: January 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 5, 1943
Agricultural scientist George Washington Carver is best remembered for promoting crops that were alternative to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He invented ways to prevent soil depletion and developed scores of products made from peanuts, including paints and cosmetics. He won numerous honors, such as the Spingarn Medal.

 4 Thomas Edison

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

 5 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 6 Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor & Author
Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 26, 1974
Charles Lindbergh shot to fame after completing the first solo, and the longest, trans-Atlantic flight, in 1927. In his later years, his son’s highly publicized kidnapping and murder broke him completely. He also participated in World War II and worked on inventions that made flight navigation and heart surgeries easier.

 7 Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 8 Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee
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Famous As: Inventor of the World Wide Web
Birthdate: June 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Widely known as ten inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee made the first communication between an HTTP client and server through the internet in 1989. He is associated with various organizations, such as the W3C and the World Wide Web Foundation, and has received the knighthood, too.

 9 William Murdoch

William Murdoch
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 21, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Scottish
Died: November 15, 1839

 10 Gary Burghoff

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

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 11 Mike Lindell

Mike Lindell
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 12 James Naismith

James A. Naismith
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: November 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: November 28, 1939

 13 James Watt

James Watt
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Famous As: Inventor of Steam Engine
Birthdate: January 19, 1736
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
Died: August 25, 1819
Eighteenth-century Scottish inventor James Watt developed the Newcomen steam engine, by inventing the Watt steam engine, which brough about the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world. He also co-owned the firm Boulton and Watt and laid down concepts such as horsepower and the watt, the SI unit of power.

 14 John G. Trump

John G. Trump
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: August 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1985

 15 Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov
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Famous As: Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle
Birthdate: November 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 23, 2013
Russian military leader Mikhail Kalashnikov is remembered for inventing the AK-47 assault rifle, along with other weapons such as the AKM, the AK-74, the PK machine gun, and the RPK light machine gun. He was named the Hero of the Russian Federation and received the Order of Military Merit.

 16 Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: February 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 17 Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 17, 1952

 18 Les Paul

Les Paul
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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Inventor, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Radio personality, Musical instrument maker
Birthdate: June 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 13, 2009

 19 John Harvey Kellogg

John Harvey Kellogg
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Famous As: Doctor, Inventor
Birthdate: February 26, 1852
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1943
Physician, nutritionist, and businessman John Harvey Kellogg served as the director of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, which was a combination of a European spa, a hydrotherapy center, a hospital, and a hotel. He believed in biologic living. However, he is best remembered as the inventor of corn flakes.

 20 Philo Farnsworth

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

 21 Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 22 Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen
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Famous As: Inventor of Segway PT
Birthdate: April 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 23 Rodney Mullen

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

 24 Masamune

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

 25 Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Volta
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Famous As: Physicist, Inventor, University teacher
Birthdate: February 18, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 5, 1827

 26 Zhuge Liang

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

Zhuge Liang, or Kong Ming, was a Chinese strategist of the Three Kingdoms Period. Legend has it that he had supernatural powers and had invented a number of things, such as a crossbow that shot multiple arrows. His habit of living in seclusion earned him the nickname The Hidden Dragon.

 27 George Westinghouse

George Westinghouse
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 6, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: March 12, 1914

 28 Garrett Morgan

Garrett Morgan
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: March 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 1963

 29 Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 5, 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.

 30 Paul Winchell

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

 31 William Henry Perkin

William Henry Perkin
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: March 12, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: July 14, 1907

 32 László Bíró

László Bíró
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: October 24, 1985

 33 Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 4, 1848
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 11, 1928
Lewis Howard Latimer was born to former slaves and went on to become a skilled patent draftsman. He had worked with Alexander Graham Bell on the patent of his telephone, and with the Edison Electric Light Company. He had also invented a modification of the process of making carbon filaments. 

 34 Charles Macintosh

Charles Macintosh
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Famous As: Chemist, Inventor
Birthdate: December 29, 1766
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 25, 1843

 35 Sergei Korolev

Sergei Korolev
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: January 14, 1966

 36 Willis Carrier

Willis Carrier
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: November 26, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 7, 1950

 37 Thomas Massie

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

 38 Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel
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Famous As: Inventor of Diesel Engine
Birthdate: March 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, French
Died: September 29, 1913

Rudolf Diesel was a German mechanical engineer and inventor best remembered for inventing the Diesel engine. After Diesel's demise, his engine became an important substitution for the steam piston engine. The engine became widespread in applications, such as agricultural machines, submarines, ships, and trucks. His life inspired the 1942 biographical film Diesel, in which he was played by Willy Birgel.

 39 Sandford Fleming

Sandford Fleming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
Died: July 22, 1915

 40 Hero of Alexandria

Hero of Alexandria
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Famous As: Inventor, Mathematician
Birthdate: 0010 AD
Nationality: Egyptian, Greek
Died: 0070 AD

Greek inventor and mathematician Hero of Alexandria is remembered for his iconic work on geometry, Metrica, which was lost for many years but was then discovered after 1896. His most significant contributions include the Heron’s formula to find the area of a triangle, the Hero engine, and a wind-harnessing machine.

 41 Erno Rubik

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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Hungarian

A professor of design and architecture, Erno Rubik is the man behind the Rubik’s Cube. The Hungarian inventor himself took a month to solve his Rubik’s Cube puzzle, before marketing it worldwide as a popular game. He later also invented Rubik’s Magic and now promotes problem solving and mathematics. 

 42 Moondog

Moondog
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 8, 1999

 43 Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, Blogger, Businessperson, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, South African

 44 Alberto Santos-Dumont

Alberto Santos-Dumont
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor, Balloonist
Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: July 23, 1932

 45 Robert Fulton

Robert Fulton
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Famous As: American engineer & inventor
Birthdate: November 14, 1765
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 1815

 46 Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 47 John B. Goodenough

John B. Goodenough
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 48 Pranav Mistry

Pranav Mistry
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 49 Royal Rife

Royal Rife
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: May 16, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 5, 1971

 50 Mickey Thompson

Mickey Thompson
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Famous As: Inventor, Racing driver
Birthdate: December 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 16, 1988
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