Famous Inventors : A to Z

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Paul MacCready

Invented the first human-powered flying machine in history.

Charles Macintosh

Received a patent for a method for making waterproof garments by using rubber dissolved in coal-tar naphtha for cementing two pieces of cloth together. The mackintosh raincoat was named after Charles Macintosh.

Cluny MacPherson

Canadian, Cluny MacPherson invented the Macpherson gas mask and started the first St. John's Ambulance Brigade.

Akhil Madhani

Honored with the Lemelson-MIT Award for his robotics invention.

Theodore Harold Maiman

Received a patent for the Ruby Laser System.

Guglielmo Marconi

In 1895, Marconi invented equipment that transmitted electrical signals through the air (part of telegraphy and radio transmission).

Warren Marrison

Developed the first quartz clock.

Forrest Mars

Forrest Mars invented the recipe for M&Ms chocolateb during the Spanish Civil War.

Stanley Mason

Invented a clothespin fishing lure, the first disposable contoured diapers, the squeezable ketchup bottle, the granola bar, a heated pizza box, plastic microwave cookingware, and a dental floss dispenser.

Thomas Massie

Invented the haptic computer interface, a computer interface system that enhances virtual reality.

Sybilla Masters

The first women ever recorded in history for inventing. However, women have been inventing since the dawn of time without the deserved recognition.

John Mathews

John Mathews has been called the Father of the American Soda Water industry.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Developed an automatic method for lasting shoes and made the mass-production of affordable shoes possible.

John W Maunchly

Co-invented the ENIAC computer.

Robert D Maurer

Invented fiber-optic communication innovations and co-invented fiber-optic wire.

Hiram Maxim

Inventor of the Maxim Machine Gun.

James Clerk Maxwell

One of the world's greatest physicists.

Stanley Mazor

Received a patent for a computer microprocessor.

Cyrus Hall McCormick

A Chicago industrialist who invented the first commercially successful reaper, a horse-drawn machine that harvested wheat.

Elijah McCoy

McCoy is best known for inventing the automatic oil cup. During his life, he invented and sold 57 different kinds of devices and machine parts including an ironing board and a lawn sprinkler. See Also - Elijah McCoy - Patents

James McLurkin

Invented "Robot Ants" robots.

Arthur Melin

Co-invented the modern hula hoop.

Gerardus Mercator

The Mercator map projection was invented by Gerardus Mercator as a navigation tool.

Ottmar Mergenthaler

Invented the linotype-composing machine in 1886.

George de Mestral

Invented VELCRO and Mother Nature could not have made it better herself.

Robert Metcalfe

Introduced the world to network computing with the ethernet.

Antonio Meucci

American-Italian inventor.


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Alexander Miles

Invented an improved elevator.

John A Miller

The "Thomas Edison" of roller coasters.

Irving Millman

Co-invented a vaccine against viral hepatitis and developed a test that identified hepatitis B in blood samples.

Dennis Moeller

Co-invented improvements in computer architecture that allows IBM compatible PCs to share the same peripheral devices.

Ann Moore

Invented the Snugli baby carrier.

Gordon E Moore

The co-founder of the Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's Law.

Garrett A Morgan

Invented a gas mask and received a patent for a traffic light.

William G Morgan

Invented volleyball in 1895, at a YMCA in Holyoke, MA.

Krysta Morlan

Invented a device that relieves the irritation caused by wearing a cast - the cast cooler.

William Morrison - Walter Frederick Morrison

A plastic version of the Frisbie.

William Morrison

Built a electric-powered six-passenger wagon in 1891.

Samuel Morse

Invented telegraph wires and Morse code, an electronic alphabet patented in 1840. The first telegraph read, "What hath God wrought!". See Also - Timeline

Andrew J Moyer

Moyer's patents were for the industrial production of penicillin.

Louis Marius Moyroud

Invented the first practical phototypesetting machine.

K Alex Muller

In 1986, Alex Müller and Johannes Georg Bednorz invented the first high-temperature superconductor.

Kary Banks Mullis

Invented PCR, the process for amplifying nucleic acids.

Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge conducted motion-sequence still photographic experiments and is often called the Father of the motion picture.

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