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5 Technologists Who Have Benefited Humankind

Technology has paved the way for all sorts of changes in our world. These are five of the people behind some of the greatest technological changes to benefit humankind.


The Ultimate Stephen Hawking Quiz

The Ultimate Stephen Hawking Quiz

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Greatest Tech Masterminds of All Time

Greatest Tech Masterminds of All Time

These techno-wizards shaped our world with their inventions and ideas. Learn about some of our favorite tech masterminds. See more »

What device did Douglas Engelbart invent?

What device did Douglas Engelbart invent?

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How MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships Work

How MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships Work

The MacArthur Foundation doles out financial awards that have come to be known as 'genius' grants. Learn about MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships. See more »

What computer defeated a champion chess player?

What computer defeated a champion chess player?

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10 Nobel Laureates Whose Work Changed the World

10 Nobel Laureates Whose Work Changed the World

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Who popularized the term 'virtual reality'?

Who popularized the term 'virtual reality'?

Who popularized the term 'Virtual Reality'? Find out who popularized the term 'virtual reality' at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Technologists Who Have Benefited Humankind

5 Technologists Who Have Benefited Humankind

What technologists have benefited mankind? These are five of the people behind some of the greatest technological changes to benefit humankind. See more »

Who is the 'Mother of the Internet'?

Who is the 'Mother of the Internet'?

Is there a founding mother to the Internet? Meet the engineer behind the moniker -- and find out who is the mother of the Internet. See more »