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Famous Inventions : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventions - past and present.

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Pacemaker

John Hopps invented the first cardiac pacemaker.

Package Saver

Have you ever wondered, "who invented the circular thing that keeps the pizza from hitting the inside of the box top?"

Pagers

A pager is a dedicated RF (radio frequency) device.

Paige Typesetter

A competitor to the linotype machine was the Mark Twain funded paige typesetter.

Paintball

The history and invention of Paintball.

Paint Roller

The paint roller was invented by Norman Breakey of Toronto in 1940.

Panty Hose

In 1959, Glen Raven Mills of North Carolina introduced pantyhose.

Paper Related

The history of paper, papermaking and paper sacks; the patents and persons behind the different processes.

Paperclip

A history of the paperclip.

Paper Punch

History of the paper punch.

Paper Towels

Who invented paper towels and other kitchen innovations.

Parachutes

Louis Sebastien Lenormand is credited with being the first person to demonstrate the principle of the parachute in 1783.

Parking Meter

Carl Magee invented the first parking meter in 1932.

Particle Accelerators

The history of particle accelerators.

Pascaline Calculator

French scientist and mathematician, Blaise Pascal invented the first digital calculator - the Pascaline.

Pasta

The history of pasta.

Pasteurization

Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization.

Patent Medicine

The first patent issued for a medicine was granted in 1796.

Paypal

Elon Musk invented Paypal a money transfer service.

PCR Amplifying Nucleic Acids

Kary Mullis received a patent for PCR, the process for amplifying nucleic acids.

PCS - Personal Communication Services

Learn about PCS technology (Personal Communication Services) or digital cellular phones.

Peanut Butter

The history of peanut butter.

Penicillin

The history of the drug penicillin and how it works. Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming. Andrew Moyer patented the industrial production of penicillin. John Sheehan invented a synthesis of natural penicillin.

Pens/Pencils

The history of pens and other writing instruments (including pencil sharpeners and erasers).

Pentothal

Donalee Tabern and Ernest Volwiler co-invented the general anesthetic, Pentothal.

Pepsi-Cola

"Pepsi-Cola" was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1898.

Perfume

The history behind perfume.

Periodic Table

The history of the periodic table.

Periscope

The history of the periscope.

Perpetual Motion Machine

The USPTO will not patent a perpetual motion machine.

Petroleum Refining

Edith Flanigen received a patent for a petroleum refining method, and was one of the most inventive chemists of all time.

Pez Candy

Don't forget someone had to have invented the Pez dispenser - smile and enjoy.

Phillips Head Screw

The Phillips head screw was the brainchild of Henry Phillips. He invented the new screw to work better with power screwdrivers.

Phone-Card-Phone

Randice-Lisa Altschul invented the world's first disposable cell phone.

Phonograph

The word "phonograph" was Edison's tradename for his musical playback device, which played wax cylinders rather than flat disks.

Photocopier

The photocopier was invented by Chester Carlson.

Photography Still

Learn about the Camera Obscura, the history of photography, the significant processes, polaroid photography and the invention of photographic film. See Also - Photography Timeline

Photoluminescence Related

Photoluminescence spectroscopy is a contactless, nondestructive method of probing the electronic structure of materials.

Photophone

Alexander Graham Bell's photophone - ahead of its time.

Phototypesetting

Louis Moyroud and Rene Higonnet invented the first practical phototypesetting machine.

Photovoltics Related

Solar cells or PV cells rely on the photovoltaic effect to absorb the energy of the sun and cause current to flow between two oppositely charge layers. See Also - How a Photovoltic Cell Works, Making N and P Material for a Photovoltic Cell

Piano

The piano first known as the pianoforte was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori.

Piggy Bank

The piggy bank's origin owes more to the history of language.

Pill

The patents and people behind the first oral contraceptives.

Pillsbury Doughboy

On October, 1965, Pillsbury debuted the loveable 14-ounce, 8 3/4-inch character in a Crescent Roll commercial.

Pinball

The history of pinball.

Pizza

The history of pizza.

Plastic

Learn about the history of plastic, the uses for and the making of plastic, plastic in the fifties and more.

Play-Doh

Noah McVicker and Joseph McVicker invented Play-Doh in 1956.

Pliers

Simple pliers are an ancient invention. Two sticks probably served as the first uncertain holders, but bronze bars may have replaced wooden tongs as early as 3000 BC.

Plow - Gemeral

The farmers of George Washington's day had no better tools than had the farmers of Julius Caesar's day - in fact - Roman ploughs were superior to those in general use in America eighteen centuries later.

Plow - John Deere

John Deere invented the self-polishing cast steel plow.

Plumbing Related

Learn about ancient and modern plumbing from around the world - bathes, toilets, water closets.

Pneumatic Related

A pneumatic device is any of various tools and instruments that generate and utilize compressed air.

Pogo Stick

Legend and history of the jumping toy.

Polaroid Photography

Polaroid photography was invented by Edwin Land.

Police Technology

The methods and techniques of, and the equipment available to, police agencies.

Polio Vaccine

History of the polio vaccine and biography of polio researcher Jonas Salk.

Polyester

Polyethylene terephthalate created synthetic fibers such as polyester dacron and terylene.

Polygraph

John Larson invented the polygraph or lie detector in 1921.

Polystyrene

Polystyrene is a strong plastic created from erethylene and benzine that can be injected, extruded or blow molded, making it a very useful and versatile manufacturing material.

Polyurethane

Polyurethane is an organic polymer that can be injected, extruded, or blow molded; making it a very useful and versatile manufacturing material.

Pom Poms

Pompoms and the history of cheerleading innovations.

Popsicle

The history of the popsicle.

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