Famous Inventions : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventions - past and present.

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Baby Carriage

The history of the baby carriage or stroller.

Bakelite

Leo Hendrik Baekeland patented a "Method of Making Insoluble Products of Phenol and Formaldehyde." Setting out to make an insulator, he invented the first true plastic and transformed the world.

Ball Point Pens

The ball-point pen was invented by Ladislo Biro in 1938. A patent battle erupted; learn how Parker and Bic won the war.

Ballistic Missile

A ballistic missile can be any of a variety of weapons systems that deliver explosive warheads to their targets by means of rocket propulsion.

Balloons/Blimps

The history and patents behind airships, balloons, blimps, dirigibles and zeppelins.

Balloons (Toy)

The first rubber balloons were made in 1824 by Professor Michael Faraday for use in his experiments with hydrogen.

Band-Aid

Band-Aid® is the trademarked name for the 1920 invention belonging to Earle Dickson.

Bar Codes

The first patents for bar code were issued to Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7, 1952.

Barbeque

In America, barbecue (or BBQ) originated in the late 1800's during Western cattle drives.

Barbed Wire

Don't fence me in -- all about the invention, development, and use of barbed wire.

Barbie Doll

The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler.

Barometer

The barometer was invented by Evangelista Torricelli in 1643.

Bartholdi Fountain

The Bartholdi Fountain was designed by the same inventor of the Statue of Liberty.

Baseball/Baseball Equipment

The evolution of baseball bats changed the sport entirely - modern baseball was invented by Alexander Cartwright.

BASIC

BASIC (Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was invented in 1964 by John Kemeny and Tom Kurtz.

Basketball

James Naismith invented and named the game of basketball in 1891.

Bathroom Related

The history of ancient and modern plumbing from around the world - baths, toilets, water closets and sewage systems.

Battery

2000 was the 201th anniversary of the invention of the battery by Alessandro Volta.
How a Battery Works

Beauty Related

The history of hair dryers, ironing curlers and other beauty appliances. The history of cosmetics and hair products.

Beds

The history of waterbeds, murphy beds and other kinds of beds. Lie down and read about the patents and history behind beds.

Beer

We can trace the beginning of beer far back beyond the dawn of recorded time. Apparently, beer was the first alcoholic beverage known to civilization.

Bells

Bells may be categorized as idiophones, instruments sounding by the vibration of resonant solid material, and more broadly as percussion instruments."

Beverage Related

The history of beverages and the equipment that make them.

Blenders

Stephen Poplawski invented the kitchen blender.

Bic Pens

Learn about the history of Bic pens and other writing instruments.

Bicycle

The history of that foot-powered riding machine.

Bifocals

Eye glasses that see near and far.

Bikini

The bikini was invented in 1946 and named after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the site of the first atomic bomb testing.
The designers of the bikini were two Frenchmen named Jacques Heim and Louis Reard.

Bingo

"Bingo" originated from a game called Beano.

Biofilters/Biofiltration

The first proposition to use biological methods to treat odorous compounds came as early as 1923.

Biometric Related

Biometrics technology is used to uniquely identify or verify an individual through characteristics of the human body.

Blood Bank

Dr.
Charles Richard Drew was the first person to develop the blood bank.

Blue Jeans

Levi Strauss invented blue jeans.

Board Games

Puzzle over the history of board games and other brain teasers.

Body Armor & Bullet Proof Vests

Humans throughout recorded history have used various types of materials as body armor to protect themselves from injury in combat and other dangerous situations.

Boilers

Babcock and Wilcox co-invented the water tube steam boiler, a safer and more efficient boiler.

Boomerang

The history of the boomerang and complete instructions on how to make your own.

Bourdon Tube Pressure Gauge

In 1849, the Bourdon tube pressure gauge was patented by Eugene Bourdon.

Bra

It's 1913 and Mary Phelps Jacob's corset was not the undergarment to wear under her new shear evening gown. Patent for First Bra

Braces - Dental

The history of dental braces or the science of Orthodontics is complex, many different patents helped to create braces as we know them today.

Braille

Louis Braille invented braille printing.

Braingate

There is a new technology called brain computer interface, and Braingate and John Donoghue are major players in this new field.

Brush - Hair

Brushes were used as early as 2,500,000 years ago.

Bubble Gum

The invention and history of chewing gum, bubble gum, gum wrappers, gum tins and bubble gum machines.

Bulldozer

It is not certain who invented the first bulldozer, however, the bulldozer blade was in use before the invention of any tractor.

Bunsen Burner

As an inventor, Robert Bunsen developed several methods of analyzing gases, however, he is best known for his invention of the Bunsen burner.

Butterick Dress Patterns

Ebenezer Butterick, together with his wife Ellen Augusta Pollard Butterick, invented the tissue paper dress pattern.

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