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Famous Inventions : A to Z

Research the history of famous inventions - past and present.

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Famous Inventions : A to Z

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Safety Pin

The safety pin was invented by Walter Hunt in 1849.

Sailboards

The very first sailboards (windsurfing) date back to the late 1950s.

Samhain Related

Objects invented for use on Samhain or Halloween.

Sandwich

The origins of the sandwich.

Saran Wrap

The origins of Saran Wrap film and the history of the Dow Chemical Company.

Satellites

History changed on October 4, 1957, when the former Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. Also See - Satellite Explorer 1

Saxophone

The history of the saxophone.

Scanning and Sorting Machine

Jacob Rabinow received a patent for a automated scanning and sorting machine.

Scanning Tunneling Microscope - STM

Gerd Karl Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer are the inventors of the STM, which provided the first images of individual atoms.

Scissors

There is history behind this cutting invention.

Scooters

The invention of scooters. Also See - Early Patent Drawings

Scotch Tape

Scotch Tape was patented by the banjo playing, 3M engineer, Richard Drew.

Scotchgard

Patsy Sherman received a patent for scotchgard fabric protector.

Screws and Screwdrivers

Early wooden screws - Archimedes Screw - Phillips Head Screw - Robertson Screw - Square Drive Screws - screwdrivers.

Scuba Diving Equipment

In the 16th century, barrels were used as primitive diving bells, and for the first time divers could travel underwater with more than one breath of air, but not much more than one.

Sea-cretion

Wolf Hilbertz patented sea-cretion, a construction material made from the electrolytic deposition of minerals from seawater.

Seat Belts

Never drive without first buckling up you seat belt. But which inventor brought us this safety invention?

Seaplane

The seaplane was invented by Glenn Curtiss.
See Also - Seaplane
On March 28, 1910, the first successful seaplane take-off from water at Martinque, France.

Seismograph

John Milne was the English seismologist and geologist who invented the first modern seismograph and promoted the building of seismological stations.

Self-Cleaning House

This amazing home was invented by Frances Gabe.

Segway Human Transporter

What was once a mysterious invention created by Dean Kamen that had everyone speculating as to what it was, was revealed and demonstrated as the now familiar Segway Human Transporter.

Seven-Up

Seven-Up is the bubbling lemon lime drink invented by Charles Grigg.

Sewing Machines

The history behind sewing machines. See Also - Brother Sewing Machines

Shrapnel

Shrapnel is a type of antipersonnel projectile named after the inventor, Henry Shrapnel.

Shoe Related

An interesting tale of the sole - "As late as 1850 most shoes were made on absolutely straight lasts, there being no difference between the right and the left shoe." Learn about the history of footwear and shoe making technology

Shoe Manufacturing Machine

Jan Matzeliger developed an automatic method for lasting shoes and made the mass production of affordable shoes possible.

Shopping Related

Who created the first shopping mall and other trivia.

Sierra Sam

The history of crash test dummies - the first crash test dummy was the Sierra Sam created in 1949."

Silly Putty

Silly Putty is a result of history, engineering, an accident and entrepreneurship.

Sign Language

The history of sign language.

Signaling System (Pyrotechnic)

Martha Coston invented a system of maritime signal flares.

Skyscrapers

The skyscraper like many other architectural forms, evolved over a long period of time.

Skateboard

A short history of the skateboard.

Skates (Ice)

The oldest pair of ice skates known, date back to 3000 B.C.

Skiing Related

There is a long history behind the sport of Skiing. The idea of skiing dates as far back as the stone-age period.

Sleeping Car (Pullman)

The Pullman sleeping car (train) was invented by George Pullman in 1857.

Sliced Bread

The history of sliced bread and the toaster, the best thing since sliced bread, but actually invented before sliced bread.

Slide Rule

Around 1622, the circular and rectangular slide rule was invented by Episcopalean minister William Oughtred.

Slinky

The slinky was invented by Richard and Betty James. Also See - Slinky in Motion

Slot Machines

The first mechanical slot machine was the Liberty Bell, invented in 1895 by Charles Fey

Smart Gels

Toyoichi Tanaka received a patent for Smart Gels, a synthetic (polyacrylamide) polymer gel with unusual properties.

Smart Pills

The name of smart pill now refers to any pill that can deliver or control its delivery of medicine without the patient having to take action beyond the initial swallow.

Smoke Detectors

The first battery operated home smoke detector was patented in 1969, Randolph Smith and Kenneth House.

Snack Related

Snack food history - pretzels, popcorn, ice cream, soft drinks, gum and more.

Sneakers

Modern athletic shoes were designed by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.

Snowblower

Canadian, Arthur Sicard invented the snowblower in 1925.

Snowmaking Machines

The history of snowmaking machines and facts about making snow.

Snowmobile

In 1922, Joseph-Armand Bombardier developed the type of sport machine that we know today as the snowmobile.

Soaps

Soap making was known as early as 2800 B.C. - in the synthetic detergent industry it is not as easy to pinpoint exactly when the first detergents were invented.

Soccer

Not much is known about the origin of soccer, however, football and ball kicking games were played by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Socks

The first real knit socks were discovered in Egyptian graves in Antinoe.

Soda Fountain

In 1819, the "soda fountain" was patented by Samuel Fahnestock.

Softball Related

George Hancock invented softball.

Soft Drinks

An introduction to the history of soft drinks including Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and the history behind other pop drinks. See Also - Timeline

Software

The history of different software programs.

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