When you hear the word ‘inventor’, you usually think of men like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, but what about all the women who have invented great, indispensable things like the aquarium, monopoly, life raft, coffee filter, fridge, central heating and chocolate chip cookies?
Here is a top 8 tribute to feminine brilliance!
- The dishwasher How could it be otherwise that the dishwasher was invented by a woman!? Josephine Garis Cochrane (1839 – 1913) from Illinois State invented the appliance in 1886 that made life so much easier for many women of that time. Although this wealthy lady employed servants to do the dishes for her, she invented the machine because she couldn’t bear to see her dishes break. She presented her invention at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and was widely honored for it.
- The windshield wiper
The American inventor Mary Anderson (1866 – 1953) invented the windshield wiper in 1903 on a trip to New York City. During that trip, she noted that drivers always had to open their windows to see when it was raining. As a solution, the inventor from Alabama came up with a swivel arm with a rubber blade that was operated by the driver from the car with a lever. However, many people were not sympathetic to Anderson’s invention because it was thought that the thing would distract the drivers, but by 1916 wipers were fully established. The automatic wiper was also invented in 1917 by a woman, namely Charlotte Bridgwood.
Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) was a Polish chemist who was the first to investigate radioactivity. Together with her husband Pierre, she discovered the radioactive elements polonium (named after Marie’s native country) and radium. Her research not only meant the emergence of a new science, but also a radical change in the way the world thought about energy. The discovery of radioactivity also resulted in many concrete applications, such as in medicine. Marie Curie received two Nobel Prizes. She was the first female Nobel Prize winner and the only woman with two Nobel Prizes. However, her passion also killed her because Marie Curie died of leukemia, almost certainly caused by the radioactive radiation to which she had been exposed in her life.
- The pedal bin
Lillian Gilbreth (1878 – 1972) not only invented the shelves in refrigerator doors and made the can opener easier to use, the industrial engineer also invented the pedal bin.
- Solar powered house
The Hungarian scientist Maria Telkes (1900 – 1995) originally from Hungary, is responsible for the invention of the first house with solar heating. The biophysicist invented the thermoelectric power generator in 1947 and heated her entire house with solar energy. Solar heating.
In 1925, she moved to the US to work at MIT as part of the Solar Energy Research Project. In the 1940s she developed the first solar-powered house together with architect Eleanor Raymond.
- Wireless digital communication
The Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (1914 – 2000) along with Georghe Antheil, came up with the idea of a secret communication system that could no longer intercept radio messages. It formed the basis of wireless digital communication such as GPS and WiFi. In 1997 Lamarr received the ‘Oscar for Inventions’ for her discovery.
- Disposable diaper
Not the most environmental friendly one but you may not be surprised to learn that the disposable diaper was invented by a woman. Marion Donovan (1917 – 1998) was tired of her baby always dirtying the sheets in cloth diapers and the baby constantly had a wet feeling on her bottom. She designed plastic nappy pants using a shower curtain. A few years later, she also came up with the first absorbent paper disposable diaper. With her discovery, Donovan changed the lives of young parents forever.
- Computer Algorithm
Ada Lovelace, whose father was Lord Byron, was encouraged by her scientist mother from a young age to become a champion of mathematics. Lovelace worked with Charles Babbage at the University of London on his plans for an “analytic engine” (ie old-timey computer) to develop ways to program the machine with mathematical algorithms, essentially making her “the first computer programmer”.
Additional list of great inventions
Bette Nesmith Graham Correction Fluid (Due to lack of backspace)
Tabitha Babbit Circular Saw (Applied in the wood sawmill)
Martha Coston Light signals for air rifle (Today this discovery still lives in the flares for rescue missions)
Read more: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/03/16/inventions-you-have-women-inventors-thank-these-50-things/39158677/