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1. inventor  (noun) 
someone who is the first to think of or make something

  Also known as: discoverer, artificer


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patentee - the inventor to whom a patent is issued
Bell / Alexander Bell / Alexander Graham Bell - United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
Bessemer / Sir Henry Bessemer - British inventor and metallurgist who developed the Bessemer process (1813-1898)
Browning / John M. Browning / John Moses Browning - United States inventor of firearms (especially automatic pistols and repeating rifles and a machine gun called the Peacemaker) (1855-1926)
Burroughs / William Seward Burroughs - United States inventor who patented the first practical adding machine (1855-1898)
Bushnell / David Bushnell / Father of the Submarine - American inventor who in 1775 designed a man-propelled submarine that was ineffectual but subsequently earned him recognition as a submarine pioneer (1742-1824)
Cartwright / Edmund Cartwright - English clergyman who invented the power loom (1743-1823)
Daguerre / Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre - French inventor of the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype (1789-1851)
De Forest / Lee De Forest / The Father of Radio - United States electrical engineer who in 1907 patented the first triode vacuum tube, which made it possible to detect and amplify radio waves (1873-1961)
Eastman / George Eastman - United States inventor of a dry-plate process of developing photographic film and of flexible film (his firm introduced roll film) and of the box camera and of a process for color photography (1854-1932)
Edison / Thomas Edison / Thomas Alva Edison - United States inventor
Fulton / Robert Fulton - American inventor who designed the first commercially successful steamboat and the first steam warship (1765-1815)
Gatling / Richard Jordan Gatling - United States inventor of the first rapid firing gun (1818-1903)
Gillette / King Camp Gilette - United States inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor (1855-1932)
Goldmark / Peter Goldmark / Peter Carl Goldmark - United States inventor (born in Hungary) who made the first TV broadcast in 1940 and invented the long-playing record in 1948 and pioneered video cassette recording (1906-1977)
Goodyear / Charles Goodyear - United States inventor of vulcanized rubber (1800-1860)
Hargreaves / James Hargreaves - English inventor of the spinning jenny (1720-1778)
Hero / Heron / Hero of Alexandria - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
Hollerith / Herman Hollerith - United States inventor who invented a system for recording alphanumeric information on punched cards (1860-1929)
Howe / Elias Howe - United States inventor who built early sewing machines and won suits for patent infringement against other manufacturers (including Isaac M. Singer) (1819-1867)
Jacquard / Joseph M. Jacquard / Joseph Marie Jacquard - French inventor of the Jacquard loom that could automatically weave complicated patterns (1752-1834)
Land / Din Land / Edwin Herbert Land - United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one-step photographic process (1909-1991)
Langley / Samuel Pierpoint Langley - United States astronomer and aviation pioneer who invented the bolometer and contributed to the design of early aircraft (1834-1906)
Mauser / von Mauser / P. P. von Mauser / Peter Paul Mauser - German arms manufacturer and inventor of a repeating rifle and pistol (1838-1914)
Maxim / Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim - English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)
McCormick / Cyrus McCormick / Cyrus Hall McCormick - United States inventor and manufacturer of a mechanical harvester (1809-1884)
Mergenthaler / Ottmar Mergenthaler - United States inventor (born in Germany) of the Linotype machine (1854-1899)
Morse / Samuel Morse / Samuel F. B. Morse / Samuel Finley Breese Morse - United States portrait painter who patented the telegraph and developed the Morse code (1791-1872)
Muybridge / Eadweard Muybridge / Edward James Muggeridge - United States motion-picture pioneer remembered for his pictures of running horses taken with a series of still cameras (1830-1904)
Otis / Elisha Graves Otis - United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
Singer / Isaac M. Singer / Isaac Merrit Singer - United States inventor of an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1811-1875)
Sperry / Elmer Ambrose Sperry - United States engineer and inventor of the gyrocompass (1860-1930)
Stanley / Francis Edgar Stanley - United States inventor who built a steam-powered automobile (1849-1918)
Steinmetz / Charles Proteus Steinmetz - United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Germany) (1865-1923)
Talbot / Fox Talbot / William Henry Fox Talbot - English inventor and pioneer in photography who published the first book illustrated with photographs (1800-1877)
Tesla / Nikola Tesla - United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Croatia but of Serbian descent) who discovered the principles of alternating currents and developed the first alternating-current induction motor and the Tesla coil and several forms of oscillators (
Watt / James Watt - Scottish engineer and inventor whose improvements in the steam engine led to its wide use in industry (1736-1819)
Westinghouse / George Westinghouse - United States inventor and manufacturer (1846-1914)
Wheatstone / Sir Charles Wheatstone - English physicist and inventor who devised the Wheatstone bridge (1802-1875)
Whitney / Eli Whitney - United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)
Wright / Orville Wright - United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Wilbur Wright) invented the airplane (1871-1948)
Wright / Wilbur Wright - United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Orville Wright) invented the airplane (1867-1912)
Zeppelin / Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin - German inventor who designed and built the first rigid motorized dirigible (1838-1917)


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