Famous Inventors : A to Z

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Craven Walker Invented the Lava Lamp
Craven Walker Invented the Lava Lamp. Mary Bellis

Ruth Wakefield

Ruth Wakefield invented Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Craven Walker

Craven Walker invented the swinging 60's icon, the Lava Lite® lamp.

Hildreth "Hal" Walker

Hal Walker received a patent for laser telemetry and targeting systems.

Madame Walker

Madame Walker was a St. Louis washerwoman turned entrepreneur, who invented a method to soften and smooth kinky hair. Photo Gallery, The Life and Times of Madam C J Walker

Mary Walton

Mary Walton invented several anti-pollution devices during the Industrial Revolution.

An Wang

An Wang received a patent for the principles of magnetic core memory.

Harry Wasylyk

Harry Wasylyk invented the green garbage bag.

Lewis Edson Waterman

Lewis Edson Waterman invented an improved fountain pen.

James Watt

James Watt invented improvements to the steam engine. See Also - James Watt Biography, James Watt - Captivity of Steam

Robert Weitbrecht

Robert Weitbrecht invented TTY also called TDD or the tele-typewriter.

James Edward West

James West holds 47 US and more than 200 foreign patents on microphones and techniques for making polymer foil-electrets.

George Westinghouse

George Westinghouse perfected the first automatic, electric block signal. He helped spearhead the development of alternating current and figured out an efficient way to transmit clean, natural gas to homes. He invented an improvement to steam-powered brakes or air brakes.

Don Wetzel

Don Wetzel and the history of the modern automated teller machines (ATM).

Charles Wheatstone

Sir Charles Wheatstone invented an early telegraph and microphone and accordion.

Schulyer Wheeler

In 1886, Schulyer Wheeler invented the electric fan.

John Thomas White

African American, John White patented an improved lemon squeezer in 1896.

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1794. The cotton gin is a machine that separates seeds, hulls and other unwanted materials from cotton after it has been picked.

Sir Frank Whittle

Hans von Ohain and Frank Whittle and the history of the jet engine.

Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox received a patent for of the water tube steam boiler.

Dr Daniel Hale Williams

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was a pioneer in open heart surgery.

Robert R Williams

Robert Williams invented ways to synthesize vitamins.

Thomas Willson

Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide.

Joseph Winters

Patented an improved fire escape ladder.

Carol Wior

Invented the Slimsuit, a slimming swimsuit.

Granville T Woods

Granville Woods invented improvements to electric railways, air brakes, telephones and telegraphs, a chicken egg incubator and an apparatus for an amusement park ride.

Stanley Woodard

Dr Stanley E Woodard is an award-winning aerospace engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center.

Steven Wozniak

Steven Wozniak was the co-founder of Apple Computers.

Wilbur and Orville Wright

Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright received a patent for a "flying machine" that we know as the airplane.

Arthur Wynne

Arthur Wynne invented the crossword puzzle.

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