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Q. "What about
Anton van Leuwenhoek?"
- Delft, Netherlands
A. Anton van
Leeuwenhoek is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope,
beginning in 1648, and for his contributions towards the establishment of
microbiology in 1673. He was also the first to record microscopic
observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa and blood flow in
capillaries (small blood vessels).
Q. "What about toilet paper?"
- Orchard Park, New York
Wheeler patents rolled and perforated wrapping paper
in 1871. By 1874 he had is own business
the Rolled Wrapping Paper Company, but the company couldn't turn a
profit. In 1877, Wheller reorganized into the Albany Perforated Wrapping
Paper Company and began selling Perforated Toilet Paper ('The Standard')
on a roll. It sold in plain brown wrappers and fit conveniently into the
American bathroom, which at the time was quite small. Source:
about Robert Anderson of Scotland?" - Scotland"What about toilet
The automobile wasn’t just invented. It is
not the product of any single man or group. It is the culmination of a
worldwide series of experiments and developments. Today’s automobile
represents over 100,000 patents. One of those inventive people was
Robert Anderson. In 1832, Robert Anderson of Scotland drove
the first electric carriage Source:.The
Story behind the Horseless Carriage
about the scienctist George Simon Ohm?" - Singapore
In 1827, using equipment of his own
creation, George Simon Ohm (1787-1854) determined that the current that
flows through a wire is proportional to its cross sectional area and
inversely proportional to its length or Ohm's law. These fundamental
relationships are of such great importance, that they represent the true
beginning of electrical circuit analysis. Source:
about Hargreaves inventor of the Spinning Jenny?" - Auckland, New
James Hargreaves (1720-1777) improved on a machine that had been
designed and built years before by an obscure artisan called Thomas
Highs, who was the true genius of the Industrial Revolution. Hargreaves
built his first machine alone, in 1767, that first Hargreaves Jenny had
eight spindles - an improvement on Highs's six - and even larger
versions followed. Source:
Cotton Times - Understanding The Industrial Revolution
about Abigail Fleck?" - St. Paul, MN
Saturday morning in 1993, when she was eight years old, Abigail M. Fleck
and her father, Jonathan, were cooking bacon in their St. Paul,
Minnesota home. Inspired by an offhand comment from her father,. Abbey
Fleck invented a new, quicker and healthier way to cook bacon, then
founded a company to sell her product., The Makin' BaconŒ
about Becky Schroeder kid inventor of the glo-sheet?" -Toledo, Ohio
Schroeder from Toledo, Ohio, USA was ten when she became an inventor.
Becky got a patent for her invention; she was on television and won
awards for it. She improved upon the idea over the next few years
eventually calling it the Glo-Sheet. The Glo-Sheet has been used in many
places. Doctors use them so they can check patient's notes in the dark
without waking them up and the US Navy and NASA have used them.
about the laser invention?" - Litchfield, New Hampshire
invention of the laser, which stands for light amplification by
stimulated emission of radiation, can be dated to 1958 with the
publication of the scientific paper, Infrared and Optical Masers, by
Arthur L. Schawlow, then a Bell Labs researcher, and Charles H. Townes,
a consultant to Bell Labs. That paper, published in Physical Review, the
journal of the American Physical Society, launched a new scientific
field and opened the door to a multibillion-dollar industry.
about Charles Goodyear?" - Millinocket,
named because it could erase pencil writing, had long been considered a
waterproofing agent, but in its natural state, it melted in hot weather
and froze solid in the cold. After ten years of tireless work and abject
poverty, Charles Goodyear perfects his process for "vulcanizing" rubber,
or combining it with sulfur to create a soft, pliable substance
unaffected by weather.
about William Watts who invented the lead
shot tower for producing perfectly spherical ammunition for the
muskets of the time?" . Tuscaloosa, Alabama
A.In 1782 an English plumber named William
Watts saw possibility in that. He realized that if he dropped molten
lead far enough through the air, it, too, would form into spheres. The
surface tension of lead is a lot higher than that of water, so it forms
very perfect spheres indeed. He saw that he had a new way to make
about William Stanley?" -
A.On March 20, 1886, William Stanley
demonstrated a system of high voltage transmission via a "parallel
connected transformer." The device, combined with high-voltage
transmission lines, made it possible to spread electric service over a
wide area and allowed alternating current to be available at different
Q."Who invented the Apple iPod digital
music system?" - Las Vegas, NV
originated with a business idea dreamed up by Tony Fadell, an
independent inventor. Fadell's idea was to take an MP3 player, build a
Napster music sale service to complement it, and build a company around
it, Apple hired Fadell in early 2001 and assigned him a team of about 30
people, including designers, programmers and hardware engineers.
about inventor Richard Arkwright?"
- London, England
A.Richard Arkwright made improvements in the textile loom and in 1775 took
out a patent for a new Carding Engine. Arkwright's machine included a
cylinder carding engine, incorporating a crank and comb mechanism. The
comb moved up and down, removing the carded fibers from the doffing
cylinder in a "continuous filmy fleece".
about the inventor of the modern
brick making machine, John Williamson Crary Sr?" -Spring, Texas
A.US Patents Nos. 21,186 and 67,728. Before Crary's invention bricks were
formed by hand and of inconsistent dimensions/quality.
American magazine, January 1861, featuring Crary's Brick making Machine.
about Ralph H. Baer inventor of the video
game?" - LaFayette, Georgia
Ralph Baer was working for a military contractor, in New Hampshire. He
decided to create a console that would enable people to play electronic
games on their television sets. In 1971, Baer sold his game machine to
Magnavox. They called the system the Odyssey
about Jethro Tull who invented the seed drill?"
- New Zeeland
A.In 1701, two years after beginning farming,
Jethro Tull invented a horse-drawn seed drill. In those days, there were
no tractors, and they used animals like horses or oxen to pull the plow.
This new invention would drill a hole and plant a seed automatically.
The grains could be planted evenly in straight rows without waste.
about the blender?" - Redding, CA
A.The first electric blender was developed in 1922, specifically for
making malts and milk shakes at soda fountains. In 1932 its inventor,
Stephen J. Poplawski, received patents for a machine that would reduce
fruits and vegetables to a liquid.
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