FAMOUS INVENTORS

Famous inventors are few and far between. Most people know about famous inventions but there are only a handful of well-know famous inventors. In this section we'll examine famous inventors and their amazing ideas.
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What were the famous Blaise Pascal inventions?

What were you doing at age 16? Blaise Pascal, a precocious 17th century French teenager, had already come up with his very own theorem. Some of Pascal's ideas even made it to the casino floor. How did this polymath affect your world?

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  • What were George Washington Carver's inventions?

    What were George Washington Carver's inventions?

    Few famous Americans enjoy a status as mythic as that of George Washington Carver, a man whose life as a botanist, agronomist, chemist and inventor earned him a lasting legacy. Carver's work is considered instrumental in changing Southern approaches to agriculture. See more »

  • What were Nikola Tesla's famous inventions?

    What were Nikola Tesla's famous inventions?

    Nikola Tesla was a pretty cool guy. Companies and rock bands have been named for him, and he pops up in Hollywood movies regularly. Not bad for one of history's greatest inventors. But what did he do to earn his fame? Here are some of Tesla's standout inventions. See more »

  • What were the famous Blaise Pascal inventions?

    What were the famous Blaise Pascal inventions?

    What were you doing at age 16? Blaise Pascal, a precocious 17th century French teenager, had already come up with his very own theorem. Some of Pascal's ideas even made it to the casino floor. How did this polymath affect your world? See more »

  • What were the famous Eli Whitney inventions?

    What were the famous Eli Whitney inventions?

    Most of us know Eli Whitney as the inventor of the cotton gin, but many of his inventions helped transform America. So what other inventions led to his fame, and how have they shaped U.S. history? See more »

  • Why do people call things "the real McCoy"?

    Why do people call things "the real McCoy"?

    Many popular phrases have entered the American lexicon in a variety of ways, but few as quickly -- or as mysteriously -- as "the real McCoy." Was there a real McCoy? Where did this phrase come from, anyway? See more »

  • Why is the Nobel Peace Prize kind of ironic?

    Why is the Nobel Peace Prize kind of ironic?

    Ever since the very first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901, the famous honor and its honorees (like Aung San Suu Kyi) have gotten rabble rousers all fired up. What's so ironic about peace, love and understanding? See more »

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