INVENTOR / ENTREPRENEUR
A listing of
inventors who believed in the value of their inventions and were willing
to assume the risk involved in organizing, operating, and funding a
business venture. These Inventor/Entrepreneurs from Alexander Graham
bell to Ferdinand Zeppelin are the men and women who believed an
individual can create a successful business.
1909 General Bakelite Company
1939 Comapny sold to Union Carbide
1877 Bell Telephone Company
1885 The American Telephone and Telegraph Company
1880 Brush Electric Company
1889 Merged into the Thomson-Houston Electric Company
1977 Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater
Mr. Bushnell has founded 20 companies. His current company, 2005, is uWink.
|1872 J. Edgar Thomson Steel Works
near Pittsburgh, which eventually evolved into the Carnegie Steel
1902 Carrier Air Conditioning
1924 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio
1934 Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Company
Eastman Kodak Company
1878 Edison Electric Company
1892 General Electric Company
During his lifetime Edison founded, merged or acquired more than 75
1903 Ford Motor Company
Fuller, R. Buckminster
|The Buckminster Fuller
|Bank of Italy
Bank of America
|Western Electric Company
A. C. Gilbert
|1890 Lancaster Caramel Company
1883 Hershey Chocolate Company
Hershey Foods Corporation
|1896 Tabulating Machine Company
1911 Computer Tabulating Recording Company (CTR).
1924 International Business Machines (IBM)
||1976 Apple Computer inc.
1989 NeXT Step
Kellogg, Will Keith
|1900 Sanitas Food Company
1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flakes Co.
1908 Kellogg Company,
|1976 AutoSyringe, Inc
1981 DEKA Research & Development Corporation
|The Linde AG, founded by the German
scientist-entrepreneur Carl von Linde in 1879 with the name of
"Society for Lindes Ice machines" today it is the oldest German
engineering company still in operation.
|1947 Kitty Litter Brand
1964 Tidy Cats®
McConneli, David H.
|1886 Avon Calling
1887 California Perfume Company
1939 Avon Products, Inc
|1865 Nobel Company
Chemical Industries (ICI), Great Britain; Société Centrale de
Dynamite, France; and Dyno Industries in Norway
(1927 - 1990)
Olds, Ransom Eli
|1897 Olds Motor Vehicle Company and
Olds Gasoline Engine Works
1899 Olds Motor Works
1910 Reo Motor Car Company
1915 Ideal Power Lawn Mower Company
|1964 Ronco Teleproducts
|1895 Arnold, Schwinn & Company
1967 Schwinn Bicycle Company
1853 Levi Strauss & Company
Earl S. Tupper Company
|1869 Westinghouse Air Brake Company
1886 Westinghouse Electric Corporation
|1976 Apple Computer Inc.
1985 Cloud 9
Wheels of Zeus (wOz)
Wright, Frank Lloyd
|The Frank Lloyd Wright
TO LEARN MORE
A Century of Innovation
from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
by Tom L. Matthews, Gilbert M. Grosvenor / Hardcover: 64 pages /
National Geographic Soc. (1999)
The primary focus is Bell's inventions, however, the book also
tells of his other main interests: his family and the education of
by Peter Krass / Hardcover: 624 pages / John Wiley & Sons; (August
One of the major figures in American history, Andrew Carnegie was
a ruthless businessman who made his fortune in the steel industry
and ultimately gave most of it away.
Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of
by Douglas Brinkley /
Hardcover: 858 pages / Viking Press; (April
In conjunction with its 100th anniversary, the Ford Motor Company
opened its monumental archives to the unfettered research of
author/historian Douglas Brinkley. Few endeavors in history can
match Ford Motor Company's impact on human civilization. Launched a
century ago by a bumptious squad of clever eccentrics-led by the odd
visionary mechanic Henry Ford-the first mass-production auto
manufacturer would push the rest of the industrialized world into
the modern age.
Buckminster Fuller's Universe: His Life and Work
by Lloyd Steven Sieden / Paperback - 511 pages (August 11, 2000) /
Perseus Book Group
A sympathetic, even advocator, account of the life and work of the
designer, engineer, and architect, interpreting his creations as
visible models of his philosophy. Well illustrated, including
diagrams showing the principles of his designs.
Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to
Invent a New World
by Steve Kempe / Hardcover: 336 pages / Harvard Business School
Press (June, 2003)
This is the unforgettable story of "Ginger," officially named the
Segway Human Transporter: a self-balancing, electric-powered people
mover that Kamen called "magic sneakers." With the pacing and
excitement of a suspense novel, Code Name Ginger documents the birth
of a marvelous new technology and the feats of its remarkable
inventor, his team of engineers, and the financiers who pursued
Alfred Nobel: A Biography
Kenne Fant / Hardcover 342 pages / Arcade Publishers; (1993)
The inventor of dynamite and smokeless explosives wasn't
consistently ambivalent about where technical progress was heading.
Frank Lloyd Wright
by Robert McCarter / Paperback - 368 pages / (October 1999)
Phaidon Press Inc.
Of all the books that have appeared in the last 10 years on Frank
Lloyd Wright and his architecture, this is the one that will last.
ON THE SCREEN:
Alexander Graham Bell: Voice of Invention
VHS / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / Bipgraphy Channel / Less than
Alexander Graham Bell left his mark on the world with the invention
of the telephone. But he might have been a footnote in history if
not for his lawyer, who filed for the patent a mere two hours before
his rival Elisha Gray, who had also unraveled the mysteries of
communicating by wire.
Andrew Carnegie: Prince of Steel
VHS / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / Bipgraphy Channel / Less than
Andrew Carnegie is the classic American success story. He rose from
a $1.20 a week job for a thread company to the head of a company
that sold for the equivalent of $12.5 billion! Believing that "a
rich man who dies rich dies in disgrace," he worked as hard at
giving his wealth away as he did to earn it.
Henry Ford: Tin Lizzy Tycoon
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / Bipgraphy Channel / Less than
$25.00 / Also VHS
Henry Ford was one of the great innovators of our time. When the car
he invented became so popular he couldn't build them fast enough, he
came up with the modern assembly plant to meet demand. The rest is
Frank Lloyd Wright - A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (1998)
Video / Rated: NR / VHS NTSC / Color, Closed-captioned, Black &
White, Box set ( 2 tapes) / Starring: Edward Herrmann /
Director: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
Frank Lloyd Wright was the greatest of all American architects. He
was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined
to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of
his long career, Wright designed over eight hundred buildings.
Wright's buildings and his ideas changed the way we live, work and
see the world around us.
ON THE WEB:
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
Established in 1890 to empower persons who are hearing impaired to
Andrew Carnegie Biography
There were only a few public libraries in the world when, in 1881,
Carnegie began to promote his idea. He and the Corporation
subsequently spent over $56 million to build 2,509 libraries
throughout the English-speaking world.
Henry enjoyed a childhood typical of the rural nineteenth century,
spending days in a one-room school and doing farm chores. At an
early age, he showed an interest in mechanical things and a dislike
for farm work.Henry ford Museum presents a year by year history of
the Ford Motor Company.
Buckminster Fuller Institute
Official Web site for his inventions and his teachings.
DEKA Research and Development Corporation
Founded by Dean Kamen, DEKA Research &
Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions
as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients.
Jerome H. Lemelson Biography
One of the century's five most prolific inventors, Lemelson received
an average of one patent a month for more than 40 years—all on his
own, without support from established research institutions or
corporate research and development departments.
Edward Lowe Biography
Even among the burgeoning lists of highly successful
entrepreneurs, Edward Lowe occupies a special place. From the
official Edward Lowe Foundation Web site.
Alfred Nobel Biography
His family was descended from Olof Rudbeck, the best-known technical
genius of Sweden's 17th century era as a great power in northern
Information about the Foundation's programs and resources on
the legacy of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
This document was compiled by the editors at The Great Idea Finder