Inventors and Inventions
Brief facts about and images of selected American inventors and
inventions, from the Smithsonian Institution.
In-depth Look at Inventors and Their Lives
Lives, meet the inventors who have participated in the Center's
"Innovative Lives" program for middle school students. Whole
Cloth: Discovering Science and Technology through American Textile
History is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating science,
technology, and invention with women's, African American, and labor
history. In Edison,
learn about Edison's life--and how to make your own light bulb. Visit
the virtual version of the Center's popular exhibit, From
Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar. Discover
the fascinating stories behind the invention of the quartz
watch. From the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and
Innovation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
An introduction to over 40 ancient inventions - from the distaff to
the potter's wheel to the abacus. The Virtual Museum of Ancient Inventions
at Smith College is a project begun by students in the Ancient Inventions
course, first offered in 1997. More inventions will be acquired by
the museum each year that the course is offered.
Deeper: Resources for the History of Invention
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation's list of
links for further study of inventors and inventions on the web.
We remember the inventions, but not the inventors. Seven famous inventions
- the can opener, the feather duster, the gas mask, etc. - and their
inventors are featured, from "The American Experience" at
Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office
"Exploring the changing American office, from its beginnings
in the 1830s in the railroad industry to its dominance in the American
economy of the late 20th century, shows us a way to study our nation's
growth, from the industrial revolution to the postindustrial information
age." An educational resource intended for middle and high schools
students, their teachers, and the general public, from the Smithsonian
Office of Education.
The Great Idea
Gateway with links to invention facts and myths, inventor profiles,
an innovation timeline and an innovation trivia quiz.
America: From the Microwave to the Mouse
This site explores the life and work of five intriguing innovators.
Choose one of the inventors' qualitiescourage, insight, know-how,
vision, and perseveranceto find out more. From the Lemelson-MIT
The Invention Dimension
The Lemelson-MIT Awards Program web site features Inventor of the
Week and and inventor archives, invention related links and resources,
and more. The mission of the Program is to inspire a new generation
of American scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs by celebrating
living role models in these fields.
An alphabetical list of inventions and brief facts about them and
their inventors, from the LearningNetwork at Infoplease.com.
Gateway to comprehensive links and information on inventors and inventing,
Gateway to over 250 inventor links, from Cybersleuth Kids.
Inventor's Hall of Fame
Database of inventor profiles and invention information, searchable
by keyword and by subject, from the National Inventors Hall of Fame
in Akron, Ohio which honors the women and men responsible for the
great technological advances that make human, social and economic
What's the story behind electroshock therapy? Who's responsible for
increasing the size of the Universe? What laboratory mishap led to
the saving of countless lives? The answers to these questions, plus
many more, in this databank consisting of 120 entries about 20th century
scientists and their stories. From WGBH and pbs.org.
A long list of feature articles, almanac entries and more, from the
Fact Monster at the Learning Network.
of American Innovation: The National Medal of Technology
Enacted by Congress in 1980 and first awarded in 1985, the medal is
given annually for accomplishments in the innovation, development,
commercialization, and management of technology. Browse or search
all of the medal winners from 1985 forward, read about the current
Laureates, click on three panoramas - home, office, and hospital -
to discover the profound change innovation has brought to the world,
and more, from the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA.
Biography - Inventors
Brief facts about famous American inventors - including Benjamin Franklin,
Thomas Jefferson and Eli Whitney - from Smithsonian Education, made
possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Includes
additional links to each inventor.
"The transistor was probably the most important invention of
the 20th Century, and the story behind the invention is one of clashing
egos and top secret research...." From ScienCentral, Inc, and
The American Institute of Physics, at pbs.org.
United States Patent and Trademark
All about patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets
and intellectual property in general. Searchable patent and tradmark
full-text and image databases. Kid-friendly information available
at the United States Patent
and Trademark Office Kid's Page.
Basic information on inventors and inventions in alphabetical
lists, or searchable by era or type, from EnchantedLearning.com.
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