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Famous Inventors : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventors - past and present.

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Ellen Ochoa

Invented optical analysis systems and was the world's first Hispanic female astronaut.

Dr. Hans von Ohain

Co-inventor of the first jet engine.

Samuel O'Reilly

Samuel O'Reilly and the history of inventions related to tattoos.

Kenneth H Olsen

Invented vital computer components and is best known for inventing "Magnetic Core Memory" and for co-founding the Digital Equipment Corporation.

Scott Olson and Brennan Olson

Invented Rollerblades.

Robert Oppenheimer

Chief among the people who unleashed the power of the atom was Robert Oppenheimer, who oversaw the Manhattan project from conception to completion.

Elisha Graves Otis

Invented the elevator brake making safe elevators possible.

John Ott

A pioneer of full-spectrum lighting, Ott first became interested in the effects of artificial light while doing time-lapse photography.

Nicolaus August Otto

Invented the first practical alternative to the steam engine, the "Four-Stroke Internal-Combustion Engine" or gas motor engine in 1876. He named his invention the "Otto Cycle Engine". As soon as he had completed his engine, Otto invented a motorcycle to use it with.

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