Humanities › History & Culture Famous Inventors A to Z: F Research the history of great inventors - past and present. Share Flipboard Email Print Siegfried Layda/ Stone/ Getty Images History & Culture Inventions Famous Inventors Famous Inventions Patents & Trademarks Invention Timelines Computers & The Internet American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Mary Bellis Inventions Expert Mary Bellis covered inventions and inventors for ThoughtCo for 18 years. She is known for her independent films and documentaries, including one about Alexander Graham Bell. our editorial process Mary Bellis Updated June 19, 2017 Max Factor Max Factor created a makeup specifically for movie-actors that unlike theatrical makeup would not crack or cake. Federico Faggin Received a patent for a computer microprocessor chip called the Intel 4004. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit The German physicist who invented the alcohol thermometer in 1709 and the mercury thermometer in 1714. In 1724, he introduced the temperature scale that bears his name. Michael Faraday Faraday's biggest breakthrough in electricity was his invention of the electric motor. Philo T Farnsworth The full story of the farm boy who conceived the basic operating principles of electronic television at the age of thirteen. James Fergason Invented liquid crystal display or LCD. Enrico Fermi Enrico Fermi invented the neutronic reactor and won the nobel prize for physics. George W Ferris The first ferris wheel was invented by bridge-builder, George Ferris. Reginald Fessenden In 1900, Fessenden transmitted the world's first voice message. John Fitch Made the first successful trial of a steamboat. The history of steamboats. Edith Flanigen Received a patent for a petroleum refining method and was one of the most inventive chemists of all times. Alexander Fleming Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming. The history of penicillin. Sir Sandford Fleming Invented standard time. Thomas J Fogarty Invented the embolectomy balloon catheter, a medical device. Henry Ford Improved the "assembly line" for automobile manufacturing, received a patent for a transmission mechanism, and popularized the gas-powered car with the Model-T. Jay W Forrester A pioneer in digital computer development and invented random access, coincident-current, magnetic storage. Sally Fox Invented naturally colored cotton. Benjamin Franklin Invented the lightning rod, the iron furnace stove or 'Franklin Stove', bifocal glasses, and the odometer. See Also - Inventions and Scientific Achievements of Benjamin Franklin Helen Murray Free Invented the home diabetes test. Art Fry 3M chemist who invented Post-It Notes as a temporary bookmarker. Klaus Fuchs Klaus Fuchs was part of the team of scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project - he was arrested for espionage activities at Los Alamos. Buckminster Fuller Invented the geodesic dome in 1954. See Also - Dymaxion Inventions Robert Fulton American engineer, who brought steamboating to commercial success. Try Searching by Invention If you cannot find what you want, try searching by invention.