Famous Inventors : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventors - past and present.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz
Charles Proteus Steinmetz developed theories on alternating current. LOC


Peter S afer

Peter Safer invented cardiopulmonary resuscitation aka CPR.

Ralph Samuelson

Ralph Samuelson, an eighteen-year-old from Minnesota, proposed the idea that if you could ski on snow, then you could ski on water. He invented water skiing in 1922.

Santorio Santorio

Santorio invented several instruments: a wind gauge, a water current meter, the "puls elogium" and a thermoscope (precursor to the thermometer).

Lewis Hastings Sarett

Lewis Sarett received a patent for a synthetic version of the hormone cortisone.

Viktor Schauberger

Viktor Schauberger is the father of cold fusion energy, derived naturally and non-invasively from the simple use of air and water, and the creator of the first ever, non-energy consuming 'flying disc'.

Arthur Schawlow

Arthur Schawlow received a patent for the maser-laser.

Peter Schultz

Peter Schultz created fiber-optic communications inventions and co-invented fiber-optic wire.

Charles Seeberger

The history of the escalator.

Robert Seiwald

Robert Seiwald received a patent for the first antibody labeling agent.

Ignaz Semmelweis

Influenced the birth of antiseptics.

Waldo Semon

Waldo Semon invented a way to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) useful.

John Sheehan

John Sheehan received a patent for the synthesis of natural penicillin.

Patsy Sherman

Sherman received a patent for Scotchgard.

William Bradford Shockley

William Shockley received a patent for the transistor.

Christopher Latham Sholes

Invented the first practical modern typewriter.

Henry Shrapnel

Shrapnel is a type of antipersonnel projectile named after its famous inventor, Henry Shrapnel.

Arthur Sicard

Canadian famous inventor, Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925.

Igor Sikorsky

Igor Sikorsky invented fixed winged and multi-engined aircraft, transoceanic flying boats and helicopters.

Spencer Silver

Invented the glue for Post-It Notes.

Luther Simjian

He is most famous for his invention of the Bankmatic automatic teller machine (ATM).

Issac Merrit Singer

Invented the popular sewing machine.

Samuel Slater

Samuel Slater has been called both the Father of American Industry and the Founder of the American Industrial Revolution.

Harold Smith

Harold Smith and the history of Crayola Crayons.

Ernest Solvay

Solvay received a patent for the industrial process for sodium carbonate production in 1861.

Carl Sontheimer

Carl Sontheimer invented the Cuisinart.

James Spangler

James Spangler invented a portable electric vacuum cleaner - the Hoover.

Percy Spencer

Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven.

Elmer Sperry

Elmer Sperry invented the gyroscopic compass and gyroscope-guided automatic pilots for ships, airplanes and spacecraft.

Richie Stachowski

Richie Stachowski was the kid famous inventor who invented the Water Talkies.

John Standard

An improved refrigerator design was patented by African American, John Standard.

William Stanley Jr

William Stanley received a patent for the induction coil.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Charles Steinmetz developed theories on alternating current, that allowed for the rapid expansion of the electric power industry.

George Stephenson

George Stephenson is considered to be the inventor of the first steam locomotive engine for railways

John Stevens

The "father" of the American railroad.

Thomas Stewart

Stewart invented an improved mop, metal bender, and railroad crossing indicator.

George R Stibitz

George Stibitz is recognized as being the father of the modern digital computer.

Rufus Stokes

Rufus Stokes invented a exhaust purifier and an air pollution control device.

Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss and the history of blue jeans.

William Sturgeon

British electrician, William Sturgeon invented the electromagnet in 1825.

Gideon Sundback

Gideon Sundback received a patent for the "Separable Fastener" or zipper.

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan

Swan produced an early electric light bulb and invented the dry photographic plate.

Byron and Melody Swetland

An interview with the creators of Tekno Bubbles, a innovative variation on the old blowing bubbles that glow under black lights and smell like raspberries.

Leo Szilard

Leo Szilard was the first person to patent the means of producing a nuclear chain reaction and conceive of the atomic bomb.

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