These female Inventors came with some great inventions that changed the world!
The way we live in the modern world has been made possible by the great inventions that took place in the past few centuries. And though, you may have mostly heard about male inventors who came with the light bulb or the telephone and many other things, it cannot be denied that women too did their best to give the world some wonderful things. Possibilities are quite high that you do not know about the female inventors who changed the way we live in this world, so we decided that on this International Women’s Day, we enlighten you with knowledge on some of the most prominent female inventors of the world.
1 Marie Curie
This is one name, which we all have heard for sure! Marie Curie did pioneering research on radioactivity and even won the Nobel Prize jointly with two others for the research on radiation phenomena. She won another Nobel Prize for the discovery of polonium and radium. Her discoveries helped in the development of treatments for cancer.
2 Dr. Grace Cooper
Nicknamed, “Amazing Grace”, this amazing woman was one of the programmers who ran the Harvard Mark 1 computer. It was because of her that the first compiler came into being which helped in easing out the computer programming language to a great extent. She contributed a great deal in the development of programming languages, compiler verification, software development concepts and data processing. Can you just imagine the world without all this? No, I suppose!!
3 Stephanie Kwolek
All of you must have used tennis rackets, cables, tires and traveled in airplanes or boats. Well, all of these materials have some amount of the material she discovered- Kevlar. Kevlar is a really strong material, five times stronger than even steel and is also used in making bullet-proof jackets. Need, we say more about the importance of this material and greatness of this woman?
4 Mary Anderson
If you are able to drive safely on a rainy day, then you should thank Mary Anderson for inventing windshield wipers. During her trip to the New York City, she noticed that the car drivers had to actually open the windows of their cars in order to wipe the water falling on the windshield. That is when the idea of providing a solution came to her. She invented the windshield wiper as a device which had a swinging arm with rubber blades and could be operated from the within the car. She received a patent for the car-window cleaning system in the year 1903.
5 Ruth Wakefield
Ruth Wakefield, accidentally invented the chocolate chip cookies, but just how glad we all are, that this accident happened! A dietitian by profession, she owned a tourist lodge with her husband and there she used to prepare recipes for meals to serve the guests. It so happened, that one day while mixing a batch of cookies, she found that she did not have baker’s chocolate. So, she substituted broken pieces of the Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate. While she was expecting that the chocolate pieces would melt in the dough, but they did not, and thank God they did not! Otherwise, how on earth could we have the pleasure of savoring the best cookies of the world! She called them, “Toll House Crunch Cookies.”
6 Dr. Ann Tsukamoto
The process of isolating human stem cells came into being by the hard-work and perseverance of Ann Tsukamoto. She is the co-patentee of this process, which has been responsible for great strides in cancer research and one day the cure of cancer will also be discovered, all thanks to her.
7 Maria Beasley
The inventor of life raft, which came into existence in the 1882, was a woman, who won 15 patents from 1878 to 1898. She is considered as one of the most important female inventors of all times, as she created things such as the barrel-hooping machine, foot warmer, anti-derailment device for roadways and a steam generator among others. Her invention of the life raft is certainly one of the greatest because it has saved so many lives since it’s invention.
8 Dr. Shirley Jackson
Dr. Shirley Jackson became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the MIT. It was because of her scientific research with subatomic particles that others were able to come out with portable fax, solar cells, touch tone telephone, fiber optic cables and also the technology behind call waiting and caller ID. So, we can say, that this woman basically did the research on things which led to all things related to telecommunications. Can we ever thank her enough?
9 Maria Telkes
One of the most prominent female inventors of the modern world, this Hungarian-American scientist worked on solar energy technologies. She has been credited with the invention of the thermoelectric power generator. She also designed the first solar heating system in Massachusetts for the Dover Sun House. She also invented the first thermoelectric refrigerator. Now, won’t you agree that all this indeed was great?!
10 Hedy Lamarr
The International beauty icon and an actress, Hedy Lamarr, is one of the most important female inventors. Her pioneering work in the field of wireless communications is something which has changed the way we live today. Hedy, along with her co-inventor, George Anthiel, developed the “Secret Communications System”, which at that time was used to combat the Nazis. Though, the importance of this invention could not be realized at that time, but decades later it was used in military applications after it was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The invention which was called the “Spread Spectrum Technology,” is basically the technical backbone of all the wireless communication that we all engage in, these days, be it the fax machines or the cellular phones. Now, just imagine, how would the world be if this invention did not take place! Impossible to even imagine, right?
These female inventors have proved that nothing can actually become a hindrance if a woman decides that she has to do something. And if women can get the right environment to nurture their talents and the right opportunities to show their mettle, then nothing can stop them and they can really come out with anything and everything which can change the world, and for the better!