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Almon Brown Strowger

Almon Brown Strowger was an American inventor who gave his name to the Strowger switch, an electromechanical telephone exchange technology that his invention and patent inspired.

Technology and industry, Science

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Business and economy, Technology and industry, Science

Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Movies, Technology and industry

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.

Technology and industry, Science

Steve Wozniak

Stephen Gary Wozniak, often referred to by the nickname Woz, is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple, Inc.. He and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are widely recognized as pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Art, Technology and industry, Wars and warfare

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Lucky Lindy, The Lone Eagle, and Slim was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist. At age 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by winning the Orteig Prize: making a nonstop flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, to Paris, France. Lindbergh covered the ​33 1⁄2-hour, 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) alone in a single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. This was not the first flight between North America and Europe, but he did achieve the first solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and the European mainland. Lindbergh was an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve, and he received the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for the feat.

Art, Technology and industry, Science

Archimedes

Archimedes of Syracuse was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Generally considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time, Archimedes anticipated modern calculus and analysis by applying concepts of infinitesimals and the method of exhaustion to derive and rigorously prove a range of geometrical theorems, including the area of a circle, the surface area and volume of a sphere, and the area under a parabola.

Art, Business and economy, Technology and industry

Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and television personality. She is best known as a cast member of the reality TV show Shark Tank and has been called "one of the most prolific inventors of our time.” Also known as "The Queen of QVC" and the “Warm Blooded Shark”. She has also appeared on Shark Tank spin-off, Beyond the Tank. Since 1998, she has appeared on the QVC program Clever & Unique Creations Show. She is also president and founder of the Chicago company For Your Ease Only, Inc., which she established in 1996 and which does product development and marketing. She has invented more than 600 products and helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch theirs. She holds 120 U.S. and foreign patents.

Technology and industry, Health

B. F. Skinner

Burrhus Frederic Skinner, commonly known as B. F. Skinner, was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974.

Movies, Art, Technology and industry

Arthur C. Clarke

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.

Technology and industry

Antonio Meucci

Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci was an Italian inventor and an associate of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Meucci is best known for developing the first telephone.

Art, Sports, Business and economy, Technology and industry

John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish–American War, and a prominent member of the Astor family.

Business and economy, Technology and industry

James Dyson

Sir James Dyson is a British inventor, industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works on the principle of cyclonic separation. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2017, his net worth is £7.8 billion. He served as the Provost of the Royal College of Art from August 2011 to July 2017, and opened a new University on Dyson's Wiltshire Campus in September 2017.

Business and economy, Technology and industry, Science

James Watt

James Watt was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1781, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world.

Art, Architecture, Technology and industry, Science

Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist.