Magnetic Resonance (MR) Scanning Machine

Raymond Damadian's intense curiosity and passion for science led him to develop the first MR (Magnetic Resonance) Scanning Machine – one of the most useful diagnostic tools of our time.  MR Scanners use radio signals emitted from the body's cells to enable a non-invasive mapping of the human body in meticulous detail. Raymond Damadian was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Program's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for his pioneering work in magnetic resonance scanning technology.

Insolia Shoe Sole

Women around the world have for centuries enthusiastically chosen to wear high-heeled shoes in the name of fashion, despite the pain and even serious injury they can inflict on the wearer, including toe, heel, knee, and back pain.


In the summer of 1964, a new sport was born out of an idea conceived by Newman Darby while vacationing on Wyoming Mountain in Pennsylvania. That sport was windsurfing, and it quickly became a multi-million dollar industry.


The board game Monopoly™ was itself the winner in a field of real estate games. The first, called "The Landlord's Game," was invented by Lizzie Magie of Virginia (patented in 1904). In this game, players rented properties, paid utilities, and avoided "jail" as they moved through the board. The game was intended to teach the iniquities of current realty and tax systems. But despite Magie's intentions, people enjoyed its fierce financial competition, and they began creating versions customized to reflect their own neighborhoods.


It may be difficult to imagine a world without Velcro®, but the fastening mechanism did not exist before George de Mestral created it in 1955.

Industry Standard Architecture System

When you plug your printer, keyboard, or monitor into your PC, the majority of the time you'll find that it simply works, no matter what brand your peripherals are or how long ago you purchased them.


Every parent knows that young children love to put just about any object they can find into their mouths, and that means small, seemingly harmless things can easily become big choking hazards. Inventor and entrepreneur George DeCell discovered this first-hand while caring for his young daughter, Sage, who found an outlet plug on the floor of the family home one day that had been removed from the outlet for just a few minutes while DeCell vacuumed nearby.

Self-Polishing Cast Steel Plow

John Deere, pioneer, inventor, and entrepreneur, singlehandedly revolutionized American agriculture by developing and marketing the world's first self-polishing cast steel plow. Born in Vermont in 1804, young Deere worked as a blacksmith's apprenticeship. By 1825, he was famous for the literal and figurative polish of his farm equipment, but later, when Vermont's economy began to suffer, he decided to emigrate to the Midwest in 1836. Two days after arriving in Grand Detour, Illinois, Deere had built a forge and was back in business.

Triode Amplifier

Lee De Forest (1873-1961) invented the device that made wireless radio broadcasting practicable: the "triode" or "audion" amplifier. At Yale University, De Forest helped pay his tuition with his mechanical and gaming inventions. He narrowed his focus to radio when he began working on his PhD, which he received in 1899. In his research, De Forest began to conceive of an improvement to the "diode" vacuum tubes being used at the time.

The "Smart Shoe"

Ronald S. Demon invented an athletic shoe whose cushion support automatically adjusts to suit not only the shape of the wearer's feet, but also the manner in which the shoe is being used at any given time.

Dynamic Random Access Memory

In 1967, Robert Heath Dennard invented what is considered one of the most significant advances in computer technology: one-transistor dynamic random access memory, or "DRAM."

PRINT® Technology

The massive, daily demand for solvents necessary for typical manufacturing and industrial processes used across the planet mean that sadly, after use, many of these often toxic substances are leaked back into our environment. From automotive and electronics manufacturing to water, paper, mining, and cleaning industries, enormous amounts of these substances tax our water supplies and all too often lead to contamination of our ground water and ecosystems.

Culinique line of Surprise Inside Food Molds

Jackie Diaz, creator of the Culinique line of Surprise Inside Food Molds, was born in 1959 in New York City. She and her family later moved to a farm in Granville, Ohio. Her father, a product developer for Bell Labs, and her mother, an artist, inspired her interest in both art and science. She was a budding inventor by age 12, when she designed and built a "duplex" rabbit hutch out of an old cupboard.


Though his name has been somewhat lost to history over the years, Earle Dickson (1893-1961) is responsible for the invention of one of the world’s most useful devices for the accident-prone: the Band-Aid® brand adhesive bandage.

Internal-Combustion Engine

Rudolf Diesel, born on March 18, 1858 in Paris, created the pressure-ignited heat engine known commonly as the diesel engine. After graduating from Munich Polytechnic, he began working as a refrigerator engineer for the Linde Ice Machine Company in Paris, moving to Berlin in 1890 to manage the company’s technical office. But his passion for engine design was never far from his mind. Diesel worked on an idea for an efficient thermal engine in his free time, completing a design by 1892 for which he received a patent a year later.

Terrafugia Transition

Until recently, the concept of a “flying car” has, for the most part, been merely the stuff of dreams and movies, like “Bladerunner” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Thanks to aerospace engineer Carl Dietrich and his team, the idea that a personal transportation vehicle could be driven like a car, and also flown like an airplane, is getting much, much closer to reality.

Neuroelectric systems

Daniel DiLorenzo, an inventor since childhood, has created an impressive array of inventions in the fields of robotics and medical technology.

Multiplane Camera

Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse and the Disney Studios empire, was born Dec. 5, 1901 in Chicago. He was raised on a farm in Missouri and was sketching by age five, selling his drawings to neighbors by the age of seven. At the age of 16, he tried to enlist in the military but was rejected because he was too young. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas, where he drove an ambulance that he covered with cartoons.

Dolby® Noise Reduction System

Ray Dolby, creator of his namesake audio system, was born on January 18, 1933 in Portland, Oregon. He began playing the piano at the age of ten and later took up the clarinet. As a youngster, he took an interest in sound, how it worked, and why the musical instruments he played sounded the way they did. He also developed an affinity for movies and photography. As a teenager, he met Alex Poniatoff, who had founded the tape recording company Ampex. Soon Dolby began working part-time for the company, where he contributed to the development of the first videotape recorder and gained an understanding of audio technology. He continued to work with the company until 1957.

Disposable Diaper

Like many famous inventors, Marion Donovan (1917-1998) was originally mocked for her most significant invention, but she succeeded in revolutionizing the infant care industry by inventing the disposable diaper.

Bromine Extraction

Herbert Henry Dow’s name is synonymous with chemical research due to the global success of the company he founded in 1895, the Dow Chemical Company. Born in Ontario, Canada on February 26, 1866, Dow studied chemistry at Case School of Applied Science (now Case Western Reserve University), where he received a BS degree in 1888. While working on a thesis project there, he was analyzing brine samples in sites around the country when he discovered that at some sites, particularly those located near oil wells in the Midland, Michigan area, the brine contained high concentrations of bromine, a chemical used primarily in medicines and photographic chemicals at the time.

Stabilizing Gyroscope

Charles Stark Draper created a variety of gyroscopic instruments that revolutionized the design of guidance and control systems for navigation, particularly for military applications. Born in Windsor, Missouri on Oct. 2, 1901, he attended the University of Missouri, moving on to Stanford University in 1919, where he completed a BA in psychology in 1922. Later that year, he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his SB in electrochemical engineering in 1926, an SM in 1928, and a ScD in physics in 1938.

Blood Bank

Charles Richard Drew, originator of the concept of a blood bank, was born in Washington, D.C. on June 3, 1904. He received a BA from Amherst College in 1926, where he excelled in both athletics and academics. He went on to earn an MD and a Master of Surgery degree from McGill University Medical School in Montreal in 1933. He became interested in blood research while working with British professor Dr. John Beattie in Montreal, and he pursued this interest as an intern and resident doctor during his two years at Montreal General Hospital.

Remote Control Locator

Twin sisters Kelli and Vanessa Dunn were born on October 23, 1974 in Santa Clara, California. Today, the ambitious young women are inventors of a device they call the "Missing Link," which allows television viewers to page their lost remote controls.