Just to put the last 200 years or so inperspective. Food for thought to think what the world would have been like without these American inventors.
1801, Modern Suspension Bridge, James Finley
1853, Potato chips, George Crum
1856, Condensed Milk, Gail Borden
1879, Electric Light Bulb, Thomas Alva Edison
1885, Photographic Film, George Eastman
1887, Disc Record, Emile Berliner 1877, Phonograph, Thomas Alva Edison
1861, Machine Gun, Richard Gatling
1885, Skyscraper, William Le Baron Jenney
1897, Cotton Candy, William Morrison & John C. Wharton
1894, Mousetrap, William C. Hooker
1903, Airplane, Wilbur and Orville Wright
1905, Ice pop, Frank Epperson
1912 the electric traffic light by Lester Wire, a policeman from Salt Lake City.
1926, Liquid-Fuel Rocket, Robert H. Goddard
1929, Sun glasses, Sam Foster 1937, Edwin Land, Polarized sun glasses
1929, Frozen Food, Clarence Birdseye
1930, Chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield
1937, modern day digital computer was invented by George Stibitz while he was working at Bell Labs.
1938, Nylon, Wallace H. Carothers 1956, Pantyhose, Ernest G. Rice
1939, The fully automatic automobile transmission was invented by General Motors and introduced by Oldsmobile & Cadillac.
1945, Microwave Oven, Percy Spencer
1945, Nuclear Bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer
1945, microwave oven, Percy Spencer, an engineer from Maine who was working on the magnetron for radar sets at Raytheon, found out that the microwaves had melted the chocolate in his pocket.
1950, Credit card, Ralph Schneider & Frank X. McNamara
1950, Disposable Diaper, Marion Donovan
1954, Nuclear Submarine, Hyman Rickover
1958, Integrated circuit, 1947, Transistor, Jack Kilby William Shockley
1960, Magnetic stripe card, Forrest Parry
1960 the first LASER was built by Theodore H. Maiman, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
1962 the use of Light Emitting Diodes for lighting and image displays by Nick Holonyak Jr., a consulting scientist at General Electric Company in Syracuse, New York.
1965, Compact Disk, by inventor Jack Russel
1965, Kevlar, Stephanie Kwolek
1968, Lunar Module, Tom Kelly
1969, Laser Printer by Gary Keith Starkweather Xerox’s Webster research Center.
1970 – fiber optic cable was developed by Robert Maurer, Donald Keck, and Peter Schultz, Corning Glass in New York
1971, Personal Computer, John Blankenbaker
1971 Email The first email was sent in 1971 using ARPANET, by Ray Tomlinson.
1973 The first the mobile phone was developed by a team headed by Dr. Martin Cooper.
1981, Space Shuttle, George Mueller
1982 – the Internet Protocol Suite of the US National Science Foundation
– The computer mouse – funded by the US Government
– The Charge Coupled Device image sensor and the LCD display where both developed by the RCA Sarnoff Labs under a US Government contract.
1978-1994 – GPS invented by the United States Air Force became operational (Fully operational 1995)