Famous Inventions : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventions - past and present.

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Cabbage Patch Kids

In 1976, Xavier Roberts invented 'Little Person' dolls, the first Cabbage Patch Kids.


Learn about the invention of early clocks, calendars, the quartz watch, timekeeping devices and the science of time.

Calcium Carbide Process

Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide.


Timelines covering calculator patents since 1917.
Learn about the history of Texas Instruments, the origins of the electronic calculator, the hand-held calculator and more.


The history of the camera - Camera Obscura, photography, the significant processes of photography, and who invented the polaroid and photographic film.

Can/Can Opener

A timeline of tin cans - learn how cans are made, filled and recycled. The history of the first can opener.

Canadian Inventions

Canadian inventors have patented more than one million inventions.


The history of candy.


Edward Goodrich Acheson invented carborundum. Carborundum is the hardest man-made surface and was needed to bring about the industrial age.

Card Games

The history of playing cards and card games like Uno.

Cardiac Pacemaker

Wilson Greatbatch invented an implantable cardiac pacemaker. Study the history of other cardiac devices.


Carmex is a salve for chapped lips and cold sores invented in 1936.


The history of the automobile covers over one hundred years -- learn about the patents and famous car models, view timelines or read about the first gasoline powered car.
Electric Cars


The interesting history behind the carousel and other circus and theme park innovations.

Cash Register

James Ritty invented what was nicknamed the "Incorruptible Cashier" or the cash register.

Cassette Tape

In 1963, the Philips company became the first company to demonstrate the compact audio cassette.

Cat Eyes

Percy Shaw patented his road-safety invention called cat eyes, in 1934 when he was only 23.


Thomas Fogarty invented the embolectomy balloon catheter.
Betty Rozier and Lisa Vallino co-invented the intravenous catheter shield. Ingemar Henry Lundquist invented the over the wire balloon catheter that is used in the majority of angioplasty procedures in the world.

Cathode Ray Tube

Electronic television is based on the invention of the cathode ray tube, which is the picture tube found in modern television sets.


Robert Ledley invented "diagnostic X-Ray systems", known as CAT-Scans.


George Smith and Willard Boyle received a patent for Charge-Coupled Devices or CCDs.

Cellular Phones/Cell Phones

How the FCC slowed the progress of a cellular phone system.

Cellophane Film

Cellophane film was invented by Jacques Brandenberger in 1908. Cellophane ® is the registered trademark of Innovia Films Ltd of Cumbria UK.

Celsius Thermometer

Swedish astronomer, Anders Celsius invented the centigrade scale and celsius thermometer.


In 1790, the First Census of the United States was taken.

Chain Saw

The history behind the humble chain saw.


French monks were the first to bottle a sparkling form of wine called Champagne, named after the Champagne region of France.


The history of chapstick - who invented chapstick and is it addictive?


Pompoms and the history of cheerleading innovations.

Cheese in a Can

The history of "Cheese in a Can".

Cheese Slicer

The cheese-slicer is a Norwegian invention.

Cheesecake and Cream Cheese

Cheesecake is believed to have originated in ancient Greece.

Chewing Gum

The history of chewing gum and bubble gum.

Chia Pet

Animal figurines have been designed which have live herbs that simulate the fur or hair of a particular animal.

Chinese Related

Learn about ancient Chinese technology and the history of Chinese inventions. Find lesson plans for teachers. Learn about the kite, chopsticks, umbrellas, gunpowder, firecrackers, the steelyard, abacus, cloisonné, ceramics, papermaking and more.


The history behind chocolate, chocolate bars and chocolate chip cookies.

Christmas Related

The history of candy canes, Christmas lights and Christmas trees.

Christmas Lights

In 1882, the first Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity.

Cigarettes/Cigarette Lighters

This history of tobacco related products.


The clarinet evolved from an earlier instrument called the chalumeau, the first true single reed instrument.


Robert Fulton's steamboat the Clermont became the first successful steam-propelled vessel.


Learn about the invention of early clocks, calendars, the quartz watch, timekeeping devices and time measurement.


Reproductive and therapeutic.

Closed Captioning

Television closed captions are captions that are hidden in the television video signal, invisible without a special decoder.

Clothing Related

The history of our clothes - blue jeans, the bikini, the tuxedo, fabrics, fasteners and more.

Coat Hangers

Today’s wire coat hanger was inspired by a clothes hook patented in 1869 by O. A. North.


"Coca-Cola" was invented by Dr. John Pemberton in 1886. See Also - Coca Cola Vintage Advertising

Cochlear Implants - Bionic Ear

The cochlear implant is a prosthetic replacement for the inner ear or cochlea.


The history of the cultivation of coffee and innovations in brewing methods.

Cold Fusion Energy

Viktor Schauberger was the "father of cold fusion energy" and the designer of the first non-energy consuming "flying disc".

Color Television

Color television was by no means a new idea, a German patent in 1904 contained the earliest proposal - RCA color television system - Living Color.

Colt Revolver

Samuel Colt invented the first revolver aptly named the Colt revolver.

Combustion Engine

History of the internal combustion engine.

Combustion Engine - Diesel

Rudolf Diesel was the father of the "diesel-fueled" internal combustion engine or diesel engine.


The history of comics.

Communication Relateded

History, timeline, and innovations.

Continue > Compact Disk to Cyclotron

Compact Disk

James Russell invented the compact disc in 1965. Russell was granted a total of 22 patents for various elements of his system.


The history of the magnetic compass.


An index to famous persons in the computer business, over twenty-six fully illustrated features cover the history of computers from 1936 until today.

Computers - Apple Computers

On April Fool's Day, 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs released the Apple I computer and started Apple Computers.

Computer Chess

Dietrich Prinz wrote the original chess playing program for a general purpose computer.

Computer Games

This history is more fun than a joy stick. Steve Russell invented the computer game called "SpaceWar." Nolan Bushnell invented the game called "Pong."

Computer Keyboard

The invention of the modern computer keyboard began with the invention of the typewriter.

Computer Peripherals

Compact disks, the computer mouse, computer memory, disk drives, printers and other peripherals are discussed.

Computer Printers

The history of printers used with computers.

Computerized Banking

ERMA began as a project for the Bank of America in an effort to computerize the banking industry.


Concrete was invented by Joseph Monier.

Construction Materials

The history of construction and building materials.

Contact Lenses

See the history of eyeglasses come alive - from the oldest known glass lens to modern contact lenses.

Cookies (Chocolate Chip, Fig Newton)

Enjoy some snack food history - learn how the Fig Newton got named.


Sir James Dewar was the co-inventor of cordite, a smokeless gunpowder.


Our illustrated history of cork extractors explains the origins of this humble invention, found in households all over the world.

Corn Flakes

The kooky history of Corn Flakes.


Percy Lavon Julian synthesized the medicines physostigmine for glaucoma and cortisone. Lewis Sarett invented a synthetic version of the hormone cortisone.


The history of cosmetics and hair products.

Cotton (Naturally Colored)

Sally Fox invented naturally colored cotton.

Cotton Candy

The history of cotton candy - how they make cotton candy.

Cotton Gin

Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin on March 14, 1794. The cotton gin is a machine that separates seeds, hulls and other unwanted materials from cotton after it has been picked. See Also - Cotton Gin - Patent Drawing

Cotton Swabs

Who invented cotton swabs or Q-tips.

Crash Test Dummies

GM developed this test device nearly 20 years ago, to provide a biofidelic measurement tool -- a crash dummy that behaves very similarly to human beings.


Crayon history - from the Crayola Company whose founders invented the first crayon.

Cray Supercomputer

Seymour Cray was the inventor of the Cray Supercomputer.

Credit Cards

Spend some time on the history of money.


The history of cricket and cricket equipment.

Crinolines, Petticoats

Crinolines appeared in the late 1840s.

Crossword Puzzles

The crossword puzzle was invented by Arthur Wynne.

Cruise Control

Unstopped by his blindness, Ralph Teetor invented cruise control.


Carl Sontheimer invented the Cuisinart.


Ernest Lawrence invented the cyclotron, a device that greatly increased the speed with which projectiles could be hurled at atomic nuclei.

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