1. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)Edison filed over 1,000 patents. He developed and innovated a wide range of products from the electric light bulb to the phonograph and motion picture camera.
2. The Wright Brothers –
Successfully designed, built and flew the first powered aircraft, showing that man could fly. One of most important inventions of Twentieth Century.
3. Benjamin Franklin
(1705 – 1790) Polymath who discovered electricity and invented the Franklin stove.
4. Nikola Tesla
(1856 –1943) Serbian born scientist who emigrated to the US. He was a brilliant scientist who played a key role in the development of AC electricity – through the AC induction motor, transformer, and Tesla coil. His method of AC electricity has been the template for global electricity use.
5. Charles Babbage
(1791 – 1871) – Created first mechanical computer, which proved to be the prototype for future computers. Considered to be the ‘Father of Computers’
6. James Watt
(1736 – 1819) Inventor of the steam engine, which was critical in the industrial revolution. His invention of a separate condensing chamber, greatly improved the efficiency of steam.
7. Alexander Bell
(1847 – 1922) Credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Also worked on optical telecommunications, aeronautics and hydrofoils.
8. Leonardo Da Vinci
(1452 – 1519) One of the greatest ever minds, invented models that proved workable 3-500 years later.
(1564-1642) Developed a powerful telescope and confirmed revolutionary theories about the nature of the world. Also developed an improved compass.
10. Tim Berners Lee
Developed the http:// protocol for the internet. Making the world wide web freely available.