Edward Goodrich Acheson (1856-1931), inventor of carborundum, was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on March 9, 1856. Carborandum, a substance he developed in his laboratory, became known as a highly effective abrasive used in manufacturing and was an important influence during the industrial era.

ClearRx Prescription System

The standard, yellowish-colored, round plastic pill bottle has been a familiar fixture in the typical American's medicine cabinet for decades. The bottles' small print and round surface often makes it tricky to read what their contents are, and when and how the patient should take the pills inside.

TV Wireless Remote

Robert Adler held 180 patents for electronics devices, whose applications run from the esoteric to the everyday; he was best known as the "Father of the TV Remote Control."

Harvard Mark 1 Computer

Electrical engineer, physicist, and computing pioneer, Howard Hathaway Aiken was born in 1900 in Hoboken, New Jersey.


Aerial Reforestation

Moshe Alamaro developed a revolutionary method of battling global warming as a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The method was planting new trees from the air. 

Broadcast and Audio Recording

Electrical engineer and inventor Ernst Fredrick Werner Alexanderson developed pioneering technological concepts during the early 20th century that contributed to the birth of the broadcasting industry. 

Disposable Cell Phone

Randice-Lisa "Randi" Altschul is proof that lack of expertise in a certain field need not restrict an inventor from creating an exciting new product in that area.

Blanche Ames’ name is familiar to many for her varied accomplishments as an artist, botanical researcher, and activist. Her truly pioneering spirit and action-oriented attitude also led her to create a number of inventions, adding to her reputation in the early 20th century as somewhat of “renaissance woman.”

Gigacycle Range Signal Generator

Betsy Ancker-Johnson began a uniquely diverse and illustrious career in physics, engineering, and public service just after World War II.

Windshield Wipers

In 1903, it rarely occurred to anyone that rain on a moving vehicle’s windshield was a problem that could be eliminated.

Instant Noodles

You’d be hard-pressed to find a college student or an office worker who hasn’t enjoyed a quick, easy, and tasty meal of instant ramen noodles.

Internet Browser Technology

The age of the Internet continues to be one filled with tremendous opportunity for young, up-and-coming technologists to make their marks on the world early in their careers.

The Newborn Scoring System

Born on June 7, 1909, Virginia Apgar lived to be a trailblazer: one of Columbia University's first female M.D.s (1933) and one of the first American women to specialize in surgery.

Archimedes' Screw

Mathematician and inventor Archimedes lived more than 2000 years ago, but his life has had a profound and lasting impact on the world.

FM Radio

Edwin Howard Armstrong, the "father of FM radio," was born on December 18, 1890 in New York City. He grew up in Yonkers, New York and knew by the age of fourteen that he wanted to become an inventor.

New Film Developing Method

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, was in its heyday when the organization established The Marshall Space Flight Center, named for General George C. Marshall, in 1960.

Titanium bicycle frames

A natural inclination toward outdoor sports led Indiana native Mike Augspurger to come up with several inventions that would help the disabled to enjoy the sport of competitive cycling.


Many of us have a sweet tooth but may not be able to enjoy the foods we like too often because of the effects on our blood sugar, our health, and our waistlines.