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Famous Inventions : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventions - past and present.

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Machine Shop

By definition a machine shop is a workshop where metal is cut and shaped by machine tools.

Macintosh Computer

Learn the history behind the famous Apple home computer.

Mackintosh Raincoat

The mackintosh raincoat was named after Charles Macintosh.

Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern was the forerunner of the modern slide projector.

Magnetic Core Memory

Kenneth Olsen invented "Magnetic Core Memory".

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The history of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which has revolutionized the field of diagnostic medicine.

Magnet Related

These are natural stones and are not inventions. However, the machines that we make with magnets are inventions.

Mail Order Catalog

Aaron Montgomery Ward sent out his first mail order catalog in 1872.

Mail Related

Postmarking and canceling machines, letter boxes and Rowland postage stamps.

Marlex

Research chemists, Paul Hogan and Robert Bank invented Marlex a plastic.

Marshmallows

The history of marshmallows.

Maser Laser

Arthur Schawlow received a patent for the maser laser.

Matches

John Walker brought the power of Prometheus to our fingertips.

Mathematics Related

Learn about the history of math and the inventions associated with mathematics.

MDMA

MDMA or ecstasy began as a 1913 patent belonging to the Merck Chemical Company.

Measuring Tools

From Noah's ark to modern times, read about the history of measurement and measuring tools.

Mechanization (Postal)

The early Post Office Department relied entirely on antiquated mailhandling operations.

Medical Related

The history behind many key medical innovations.

Megaphones

Cecile B DeMille was the first director to use a megaphone on the movie set.

Menlo Park

Thomas Edison had his first laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey nicknamed the invention factory.

Mercury Thermometer

The mercury thermometer was invented by Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1714.

Mercury Vapor Lighting

Read about the history of mercury lighting.

Metal Detector

Alexander Graham Bell invented the first crude metal detector in 1881. The portable metal detector was invented by Gerhard Fischar in 1931.

MICR - Magnetic Ink Character Recognition

The first bank industry computer used MICR (magnetic ink character recognition) for reading checks.

Microbiology Related

Timeline and profiles on inventors related to microscopy, culture methods, germ theory of disease, defense or control of microbes and molecular methods.

Microchip, History of

The integrated circuit was co-invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce. Also See - Microchip, Technology of

Microphones

The first microphone was a telephone transmitter invented by Emile Berliner for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. After the invention of the radio, new broadcasting microphones were needed.

Microprocessor 4004

The Intel 4004 was a breakthru in microprocessors. Microprocessor Chip, Definition, History, How It Works

Microsoft Corporation

The history of the famous software company.

Microsoft Windows

Windows might have been released under the original name of Interface Manager if marketing whiz, Rowland Hanson had not convinced Microsoft's founder Bill Gates that Windows was the far better name.

Microscope

Read about the history of the microscope, from the earliest models to today's scanning electron microscope. Also See - Timeline of Microscopes

Microwave Oven

The microwave oven was invented by Percy Spencer.

Milk Related

Did you know that Marco Polo arrived in Mongolia in 1275 and made written records of how the Mongols used powdered milk.

Mills

Information on the history and workings of water mills, windmills, paper mills and other types of mills.

Miniature Golf

Garnet Carter was the first person to patent a game of miniature golf called "Tom Thumb Golf" in 1927.

Mirrors

Mirrors made by coating flat glass with silver or gold foil dates from Roman times.

Missile Systems

Missile systems are any of a variety of weapons systems that deliver explosive warheads to their targets by means of rocket propulsion.

Mobile/Cellular Phones

How the FCC slowed the progress of a mobile cellular phone system.

Mobile Homes

Mobile homes as we know them today began in 1926 with automobile-pulled trailers or "Trailer Coaches" designed as a home away from home during camping trips.

Modems

The history of modems along with some historical trivia about email.

Money

The past, present and future of money.

Monopoly

Charles Darrow became the first millionaire game designer, after he sold his Monopoly patent to Parker Brothers.

Moonpies

The history of moonpies, a tasty pastry.

Morse Code

Samuel Morse invented morse code, an electronic alphabet patented in 1840.

Motion Picture Related

Learn about the early history of the cinema, camera, projectors etc.

Motorcycles

The history of the first motorcycles, Gottlieb Daimler and the first practical motorcycle.

Mouse (for Computers)

Douglas Engelbart nicknamed his invention the mouse because the tail came out off the end.

Mousetraps

James Henry Atkinson was the British inventor who in 1897 invented the prototype mousetrap called the "Little Nipper". See Also - Mousetrap Gallery of Images

MP3

The German company Fraunhofer-Gesellshaft developed MP3 technology.

MRI Scanner

The history of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which has revolutionized the field of diagnostic medicine.

Musical Instruments

The history behind different musical instruments and the inventors.

My Little Pony

My Little Ponies® is the registered trademark belonging to Hasbro Industries for their very popular toy pony.

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