Photo of Thomas Edison Who's Is Named One Of The Greatest Inventors

Inventor’s Names

Photo of Thomas Edison Who's Is Named One Of The Greatest Inventors

There is no inventor’s name more famous than Thomas Edison.

While this list of inventor’s names is by no means complete, it does give you an idea of how simple some inventions can be. As an example, where would we be today if Robert Recorde hadn’t invented the equals (=) sign!

Other notables are Charles Macintosh’s raincoat, and Eli Whitney’s cotton gin. I was surprised to read that Eli Whitney had a great deal of controversy surrounding his patent with many people copying his designs. While he did fight the infringers in court, his wins were too late for him to see any real money from his invention. An important lesson we all need to remember as inventors.

We have all learned about many of these great inventions in school but I thought it would be an inspiration if you could just quickly glance down this list of inventions and the names of the people who created them.

I do not know how Amundson invented the south pole but I am sure it was difficult for him to get there. Some of these names are a bit odd as inventors like Christopher Columbus and Sir Isaac Newton since they really didn’t invent anything but their contributions to the world are still just as notable. I guess it goes to show that even these guys took credit for someone else’s invention. No wonder mother nature has been acting up the past few years!

Maybe someday your name will appear along side these great inventors!

 

Inventor’s Name

Invention

A. Celsius

Centrigrade scale

A.L. and J.L. Lumiere

Cinema (moving pictures)

A.L. Breguet

Watch

A.Parker

Celluloid (movie film)

Adolph Rickenbacker

electric guitar

Alessandro Volta

Electric Battery (acid based)

Alexander Fleming

Penicillin

Alexanderson

Radio transmitter

Alfred B. Nobel

Dynamite

Alfred Binet

I.Q. Test

Alfred Kinsey

Human Sexuality

Alfred Wegener

Continental Drift

American Viscose Co.

Rayon

Amundson (1912)

South Pole

Anderson

Positive Electrons

Andreas Vesalius

New Anatomy

Andre-Marie Ampere

Galvanometer

Antoine Joseph Sax

Saxophone

Antoine Laurent
Lavoisier

Revolution in
Chemistry

Archimedes

Specific Gravity

Archimedes

Principle for lever
(S.P.Gravity)

Archimedies

Archimedean Screw

Arthur Eddington

Modern Astronomy

August Kekule

Chemical Structure

Avogadro

Avogadro’s Hypothesis

B. F. Goodrich

Zipper

B. F. Skinner

Behaviorism

Baird

Television

Bardeen, Shockley,
Brattain

Transistor

Benjamin Franklin

Bifocal Lens

Benjamin Franklin

Lightning Conductor

Bessemer

Steel Melting Process

Binet

Intelligence test

Bohr

Electron Theory

Bohr and Rutherford

Atomic Structure

Boyle

Boyle’s law

Braille

Printing for the Blind

Braun, Dr.Wernher Von

Space flying

Broquett

Helicopter

Bunsen

Spectroscope

C. F. Brush

Arc Lamp

C. Hugyens

Clock (pendulum)

C. Sholes

Typewriter

C.V.Raman

Crystal Dynamics

C.V.Raman

Raman effect

Carl Gauss (Karl
Friedrich Gauss)

Mathematical Genius

Carl Linnaeus

Binomial Nomenclature

Carlton Mcgee

Parking meter

Carothers

Nylon Plastic

Cartwright

Powerloom

Casimir Funk

Vitamin B1

Cavandish

Rare Gas

Cavendish

Hydrogen

Chadwick

Neutron

Chandrasekhar

Mathematical Astro
Physics

Charles Babbage

Computer

Charles Babbage 

Difference engine

Charles Darwin

Evolution

Charles Darwin

Evolution (theory)

Charles Darwin

Origin of Species

Charles Goodyear

rubber (vulcanized)

Charles Goodyear

Vulcanised Rubber

Charles Lyell

Modern Geology

Charles Macintosh

Raincoat

Charles Macintosh

Rubber (waterproof)

Charles Macintosh

Waterproof Rubber

Charles Sherrington

Neurophysiology

Chester Carlson

zerox machine

Christiaan Huygens

Wave Theory of Light

Christian Barnard

Replacing human heart

Christopher Cockerell

Hovercraft

Claude Bernard

Founding of Modern
Physiology

Claude Levi-Strauss

Structural
Anthropology

Col. J. Schick

Razor (electric)

Columbus (1492)

West Indies

Conrad Elvehjem

Vitamin Niacin

Copernicus (1540)

Solar System

Coulomb

Fundamental Laws of
Electric Attraction

D. T. Smith, E. G.
Hendrick

Vitamin B2

Daimler

Automobile

Dalton

Atomic Theory

Dalton

Laws of Multiple
Proportion

Darwin

Laws of Natural
Selections

Darwin

Theory of Evolution

Dauguerre

Photograph

David Brewster

Kaleidoscope

David Bushnell

Submarine

Dewar

Liquid Oxygen

Dewar

Thermos Flasks

Dmitri Mendeleev

Periodic Table of
Elements

Domagk

Sulpha Drugs

Dr. A.H. Taylor and
L.C. Young

Radar

Dr. Alan M. Turing

Electronic Computer

Dr. Lee de Forest

Film (with sound)

Dr. Richard Gatling

Machine Gun

Dr. Wallace H.
Carothers

Nylon

Dr. William Stokes,
Rene Laennec

Stethoscope

Dr.Hargobiad Khorana

Deciphering the
genetic code

Dr.Paul Muller

D.D.T.

Dr.Philip Drinker

Drinker’s Chamber of
Iron Lung

Dr.Sigmund Freud

Psycho-analysis

E.G. Otis

Lift

Edison

Incandescent Bulb

Edison

Phonograph

Edmund Cartwright

Power Loom

Edward Jenner

Vaccination

Edward Mellanby

Vitamin D

Edward O. Wilson

Sociobiology

Edward Teller

Bomb

Edwin Hubble

Modern Telescope

Eijkman

Beri – Beri

Einstein

Theory of Relativity

Elisha G. Otis

Elevator

Elmer V. McCollum

Vitamin B

Elmer V. McCollum and
M. Davis

Vitamin A

Emil Fischer

Organic Chemistry

Enrico Fermi

Atomic Physics

Ernest Rutherford

Structure of the Atom

Ernst Haeckel

Biogenetic Principle

Ernst Mayr

Evolutionary Theory

Erwin Schrodinger

Wave Mechanics

Euclid

Foundations of
Mathematics

Euclid

Geometry

Evangelista Torricelli

Barometer

F.Banting

Insulin

Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit Scale

Fahrenheit

Mercury Thermometer

Faraday

Electricity

Faraday

Induction of Electric
Current

Faraday

Law of Electrolysis

Francis Crick

Molecular Biology

Francis Galton

Eugenics

Frank Whittle

Jet Propulsion

Franz Boas

Modern Anthropology

Frederick Sanger

Genetic Code

Friese-Greene

Cine camera

Fulton

Steam boat

G. Bradshaw

Scooter

G. Claude

Neon-lamp

G. Ferdinand Von
Zeppelin

Airship (rigid)

G. Marconi

Radio

Galileo

Telescope

Galileo Galilei

New Science

Galileo Gallei

Thermometer

Gauss

Electric Measurement

Gay Lussac

Law of gases

George Eastman

Camera

George Gaylord Simpson

Tempo of Evolution

George Westinghouse

Air Brake

Gertrude Belle Elion

Pharmacology

Gottlieb Daimler

Carburetor

Gottlieb Daimler

Carburettor

Gregor Mendel

Laws of Inheritance

Gregory Mandel

Laws of Heredity

Gustav Kirchhoff

Spectroscopy

H. W. Seeley

Electric Flat Iron

H.C.Urey

Deuterium (Heavy
Water)

H.W. Seeley

Electric iron

Hadley

Sextant

Hahnemann

Homoeopathy

Hans Bethe

Energy of the Sun

Hans Selye

Stress Concept

Harry Brearley

Stainless Steel

Harvey

Blood Circulation

Heike Kamerlingh

Superconductivity

Heitz

Electrical Waves

Henry Becquerel

Radio-activity of Uranium

Henry Bessemer

Steel production

Henry Great Head

Life Boat

Herbert Evans and
Katherine Bishop 

Vitamin E

Hermann Fottinger

Automatic gearbox

Hermann von Helmholtz

Rise of German Science

Herschel William

Uranus (Planet)

Hideki Yakawa

Meson

Hippalus

Scientific astronomy

Hoffman

Aniline Dyes

Hopkins and Funk

Vitamins

Hsing and Ling-Tsan

Clock (machanical)

Isaac Newton

Newtonian Revolution

J. Froelich

Tractor

J. Whinfield and H.
Dickson

Terylene

J.B. Dunlop

Bicycle Tyre

J.C. Perier

Ship (steam)

J.C.Bose

Crescograph

J.E. Lurdstrom

Match (safety)

J.J.Thomson

Electrons

Jacob Schick

Electric razor 

Jacques and Joseph
Montgolfier

Balloon

James Clerk Maxwell

Electromagnetic Field

James Hargreaves

Spinning jenny

James Harrison and
James Young Simpson

Chloroform

James Harrison,
Alexander Catlin

Refrigerator

James Lind

Vitamin C

James Watson

Structure of DNA

James Watt

Steam Engine

James Watt

Steam engine
(condenser)

Jean Baptiste Lamarck

Foundations of Biology

Jean Piaget

Child Development

Johann Phillip Reis,
Alexander Graham Bell, Elisha Gray, Amos E. Dolbear, and Thomas Edison

Microphone

Johann Vaaler

Paper clip

Johannes Gutenberg

Printing Press

Johannes Kepler

Motion of the Planets

John Boyd Dunlop

Pneumatic Tyres

John Dalton

Theory of the Atom

John Harrison

Chronometer 

John J. Loud

Ball-Point Pen

John Logie Baird

Television
(mechanical)

John Napier

Logarithmic Tables

John Napier

Logarithms

John von Neumann

Modern Computer

Joseph Aspdin

Cement 

Joseph J. Thomson

Electron

Joule, James Prescoft

Measurement of
Electrical Energy

Joules

Mechanical Equivalent
of Heat

K.G. Gillete

Raazor (safety)

Karl Benz

Automobiles using
gasoline

Karl Benz

Gasoline engine

Karl Butler

Motor Car (petrol)

Karl Landsteiner

Blood Groups

Kepler

Laws of Planetary
Motion

King C. Gillette

Safety Razor

Kirkpatrick Macmillan

Bicycle

Kodak

Film &
Photographic goods

Konrad Lorenz

Ethology

Lablanc

Washing Soda

Lawrence

Cyclotron

Lee-de-Frost

Talkies

Leo H Baekeland

Bakelite

Levi Strauss

Jeans

Lewis E. Waterman

Fountain Pen

Lippman

Coloured Photography

llly Brandt

T.N.T.

Lockyer

Helium Gas

Lord Joseph Lister

Antiseptic Surgery

Lord Kelvin

Dynamical theory of
Heat

Louis Braille

Braille

Louis Pasteur

Germ Theory of Disease

Louis Pasteur

Hydrophobia

Louis Pasteur

Rabies Vaccine

Louis Victor de
Broglie

Wave/Particle Duality

Lucretius

Scientific Thinking

Lucy Wills

Vitamin Folic acid

Ludwig Boltzmann

Thermodynamics

Lynn Margulis

Symbiosis Theory

Madame Curie

Radium

Marcello Malpighi

Microscopic Anatomy

Marcony

Wireless Telegraphy

Maria Montessori

Montessori Method

Marie Curie

Radioactivity

Max Born

Quantum Mechanics

Max Delbruck

Bacteriophage

Max Planck

Quanta

Max plank

Quantum Theory

Max von Laue

X-ray Crystallography

Maxwell

Electromagnetic Theory

Meghnad Saha

Effect of Pressure on
trough bodies

Mendeleef

Periodic Law

Mergenthaler

Linotype

Michael Faraday

Classical Field Theory

Michael Faraday

Dynamo

Michael Faraday

Electric Generator

Michael Faraday

Transformer

Mosley

Atomic Number

Murray Gell-Mann

Eightfold Way

N.R.Finsen

Phototherapy

Neils Bohr

Atom

Newton

Laws of Gravitation

Newton

Laws of Motion

Nicolaus Copernicus

Heliocentric Universe

Nikola Tesla

Electric Motor (AC)

Ohm

Laws of Electrical
Resistance

Oho Hahn

Uranium fusion

Oliver Lodge

Wireless Communication

Otis

Lift (Elevators)

Otto

Internal Combustion
Engine

Otto Hahn, Bohr and
Fermi

Nuclear Fission

Otto von Guericke

Air Pump

Parsons

Steam Turbine

Pascal

Adding Machine

Pascal

Calculating machine

Paul Ehrlich

Chemotherapy

Paul Gyorgy

Vitamin B6

Pavlov

Theory of conditioned
reflex

Perkin

Mauve dye

Peter Goldmark

The long playing
microgroove record

Pierre Simon de
Laplace

Newtonian Mechanics

Plimsoll

Line of demarcation
(ship)

Priestley

Laughing Gas

Priestly

Oxygen

R.A.Millikan

Cosmic Rays

Ramanathan

Molecular Scattering
of light in fluid

Ramanujam

In Number Theory

Ramsay, Travers

Neon Gas

Richard Feynman

Quantum
Electrodynamics

Richard Haberkern

Trackstick, Soundlazer

Richard Trevithick

Locomotive

Robert Koch

Bacteriology

Robert Koch

Cholera Bacillus

Robert Peary (1909)

North Pole

Robert Recorde

Equal sign (=)?

Robert Wilhelm Von
Bunsen

Laboratory Gas Burner

Roberts Mallet

Seismograph

Roentgen

X – Rays

Rogei Bacon

Gun powder

Rohm Korff

Induction Coil

Ronald Ross

Malarial Parasite

Rudolf Diesel

Diesel Engine

Rudolf Diesel

Diesel Oil Engine

Rudolf Virchow

Cell Doctrine

Rutherford

Breaking up the
Nucleus of an atom

S.N.Bose

Boson

Salk

Salk Vaccine

Samuel Colt

Revolver

Samuel Morse

Telegraph

Samuel Morse

Telegraphic Code

Shalimar

Paints

Sigmund Freud

Psychology of the
Unconscious

Sir Alexander Graham
Bell

Telephone

Sir Charles Parsons

Ship (turbine)

Sir Ernest Swington

Tank

Sir Frank Whittle

Jet Engine

Sir George Caley

Glider 

Sir Humphrey Davy

Safety lamp

Sir Isaac Pitman

Shorthand

Sir J.A. Fleming

Valve of radio

Sir Richard Arkwight

Spinning frame

Stephen Hawking

Quantum Cosmology

Stephenson

Railway Engine

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Modern Synthesis

Thomas Alva Edison

Cinematograph

Thomas Alva Edison

Cinematography

Thomas Alva Edison

Electric Lamp

Thomas Alva Edison

Gramophone

Thomas Alva Edison

Movie Projector

Thomas Hunt Morgan

Chromosomal Theory of
Heredity

Thomas Newcome

Steam engine (piston)

Thomas Saint 

Sewing Machine

Tim Berners Lee

World Wide Web and
Hypertext Markup Language

Trofim Lysenko

Soviet Genetics

Tycho Brahe

New Astronomy

U.N.Brahmachari

Kala-azar Fever

Urey

Heavy Hydrogen

Valentine

Bismuth 

W. L. Judson

Zip fastener

W.H. Fox Tablot

Photography (paper)

Werner Heisenberg

Quantum Theory

Wilhelm Reontgen

X-ray

Wilhelm Wundt

Founding of Psychology

Willard Libby

Radioactive Dating

William Bayliss

Modern Physiology

William Burroughs

Cash register

William Harvey

Circulation of the
Blood

William Herschel

Heavens

William Hurst

Safety Pin

William Murdoch

Gas lighting

William Oughtred

Symbol (x)?

William Siemens

Electric Furnace

William Sturgeon

Electromagnet 

Wright brothers

Aeroplane

 

While I did update this a but, the original list can be found HERE