Women Inventors & Discoverers

Throughout history, there have been many women inventors & discoverers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female inventors & discoverers such as Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Burr Blodgett, Edith Clarke, Beulah Louise Henry, Mary Walton.The women inventors & discoverers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr
Famous As: Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread spectrum
Birthdate: November 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress whose early career was defined by her performance in the controversial Czech erotic film Ecstasy. Apart from gaining popularity as a beautiful Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr became known as an inventor after co-inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Her career has inspired several works of art. She was also the inspiration behind the iconic character Catwoman.

 2 Lyda D. Newman

Lyda Newman
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 3 Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner
Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 4 Ruth Handler

Ruth Handler
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: April 27, 2002

 5 Ruth Graves Wakefield

Ruth Graves Wakefield
Famous As: Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian
Birthdate: June 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walpole
Died: January 10, 1977

 6 Bette Nesmith Graham

Bette Nesmith Graham
Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: May 12, 1980

 7 Josephine Cochrane

Josephine Cochrane
Famous As: inventor
Birthdate: March 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashtabula County
Died: August 3, 1913
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 8 Caresse Crosby

Caresse Crosby
Famous As: Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1970

 9 Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson
Famous As: inventor
Birthdate: February 19, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greene County
Died: June 27, 1953

 10 Sarah E. Goode

Sarah E. Goode
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: April 8, 1905

 11 Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman
Famous As: Computer Network Engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

 12 Johanna Budwig

Johanna Budwig
Famous As: Chemist, Biochemist, Inventor, Physician
Birthdate: September 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Essen
Died: May 19, 2003

German biochemist and pharmacist Johanna Budwig is best remembered for her anti-cancer diet known as the Budwig diet. Her extensive research on fatty acids helped her create the diet that consists of flaxseed oil, cottage cheese, and low-fat milk. However, there’s no scientific evidence that proves the effectiveness of the diet.

 13 Margaret E. Knight

Margaret E. Knight
Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 14, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: York
Died: October 12, 1914

 14 Sarah Boone

Sarah Boone
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 31, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Craven County, North Carolina
Died: 1904 AD

 15 Izumo no Okuni

Izumo no Okuni
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1572 AD
Birthplace: Izumo Province, Japan
Died: November 30, 1613

 16 Edith Clarke

Edith Clarke
Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29, 1959

 17 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portsea Island, England
Died: August 26, 1923

Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer,  physicist, mathematician, and inventor. She is remembered for her work on electric arcs and ripple marks in sand and water, for which she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. As a woman in the 19th century, she had to face innumerable struggles in her career. She was also a passionate suffragist. 

 18 Katharine Burr Blodgett

Katharine Burr Blodgett
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schenectady
Died: October 12, 1979

 19 Beulah Louise Henry

Beulah Louise Henry
Famous As: Lady Edison
Birthdate: February 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Raleigh
Died: 1973 AD

 20 Eleanor Coade

Eleanor Coade
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 3, 1733
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: November 16, 1821

 21 Jeanne Villepreux-Power

Jeanne Villepreux-Power
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: September 24, 1794
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Juillac, France
Died: January 25, 1871

 22 Mary Walton

Mary Walton
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1827 AD
Birthplace: New York City, United States of America

 23 Olive Dennis

Olive Dennis
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: November 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: November 5, 1957

 24 Carleen Hutchins

Carleen Hutchins
Famous As: Innovator
Birthdate: May 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 7, 2009

 25 Cynthia May Alden

Cynthia May Alden
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 31, 1862
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Afton, Iowa, United States
Died: January 8, 1931

 26 Eliza Maria Mosher

Eliza Maria Mosher
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 2, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cayuga County, New York, United States
Died: October 16, 1928

 27 Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz
Famous As: Inventor, YouTuber
Birthdate: November 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden