To be sure, Edison deserves the credit he has received, and then some. But there are other inventors whose contributions have done as much to advance society and deserve a place of honor — and not just the more well-known inventors and innovators like the Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford or Samuel Morse.
I’m talking about those lesser-known geniuses whose work has contributed to the advancement of technology and innovation that was once the backbone of this nation.
Inventors like Clarence Birdseye, who developed a method for flash freezing food. Or Laszlo Josef Biro, who developed the modern ballpoint pen. Imagine filling out all of those economic stimulus applications — not to mention college applications and scholarship forms — using a fountain pen?
And there is Josephine Garis Cochran, who invented the first practical dishwasher. Or Beulah Henry, known as the “Lady Edison,” whose first invention was a vacuum-sealed ice cream freezer.
William Painter and the crown bottle cap, making carbonated beverages in glass bottles possible. Or Walter Hunt’s invention of the safety pin. Or Theophilus Van Kannel and the revolving door.
In fact, everything we come into contact with every day was invented by somebody. From the appliances in our kitchens to the lotions and potions and creams we use to get ready for work and school and even the packages, bags and bundles we pack our lunches in.
Necessity is really the mother of invention because all of these things are necessary.
“Lady Edison” Photo by cr4.globalspec.com.
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