Famous Inventors From A to Z

Research the history of famous inventors - past and present.

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The following pages are an A to Z directory of famous inventors. You can select the name of the person you seek more information about, alphabetically.

Edward Goodrich Acheson

Received a patent for carborundum - the hardest man-made surface and was needed to bring about the industrial age.

Thomas Adams

The history of how Thomas Adams first tried to change chicle into automobile tires, before making it into a chewing gum.

Howard Aiken

Worked on the Mark computer series. An in-depth feature on the "History of Computers".

Ernest F. W. Alexanderson

The engineer whose high-frequency alternator gave America its start in the field of radio communication.

George Edward Alcorn

Alcorn invented a new type of x-ray spectrometer.

Andrew Alford

Invented the localizer antenna system for radio navigation systems.

Randi Altschul

Randice-Lisa Altschul invented the world's the first disposable cell phone. The history of cell phones.

Luis Walter Alvarez

Received patents for a radio distance and direction indicator, a landing system for aircraft, a radar system for locating planes and the hydrogen bubble chamber, used to detect subatomic particles.

Virgie Ammons

Invented a firepace dampening device.

Dr. Betsy Ancker-Johnson

The third women elected to the National Academy of engineering. Ancker-Johnson holds US patent #3287659.

Mary Anderson

Anderson patented the windshield wipers in 1905.

Virginia Apgar

Invented a newborn scoring system called the "Apgar Score" for assessing the health of newborn infants.


The history of Archimedes, a mathematician from ancient Greece. He invented the Archimedes screw (a device for raising water).

Edwin Howard Armstrong

Invented a method of receiving high-frequency oscillations, part of every radio and television today.

Asian Inventors

Famous Asian American inventors including A Wang and Tuan Vo-Dinh.

Barbara Askins

Developed a totally new way of processing film.

John Atanasoff

Determining who was first in the computing biz is not always as easy as ABC.

The automobile - Famous Inventors

The men and women behind the many patents that created the modern automobile.

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