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YEAR INVENTION INVENTOR
1900 Dirigible
Hershey Bar
Radio, Wireless Signaling
Ferdinand Zeppelin
Milton Hershey

Reginald Fessenden
1901 Assembly Line
Electrostatic Motor
Lionel Trains
Ransom Olds
Elihu Thomson
Joshua Lionel Cowen
1902 Air Conditioner
Flashlight
Teddy Bear
Willis Haviland Carrier
Conrad Hubert
Morris Michtom
1903 Airplane
Airplane Engine
Coat Hanger
Crayons
Radioactivity, study of
Safety Glass

Windshield Wipers
Wright brothers
Charles Taylor
Albert J. Parkhouse
Binney & Smith
Marie Curie
Edouard Benedictus
Mary Anderson
1904 Banking, Consumer
Ice Cream Cone
Amadeo Giannini
Ernest Hamwi
1905 Popsicle
Theory of Relativity
Frank Epperson
Albert Einstein
1906 Planters Peanuts Amedeo Obici
1907 Bakelite
Dixie Cups
Outboard Motor
Paper Towels
Leo Baekeland
Lawrence Luellen &
Hugh Moore
Ole Evinrude
Arthur Scott

1908

Cellophane
   Mixer

Jacques Brandenberger
Herbert Johnson

1909 Alexanderson alternator Ernst Alexanderson
1910    
1912 Life Savers Candy
Rocket, Liquid-fueled
Shopping Bag
Clarence Crane
Robert Goddard
Walter H. Deubner
1913 Mass Production
Erector Set
Zipper
Henry Ford
A.C. Gilbert

Gideon Sundback
1914 Radio Remote Control
Tinkertoy
John Hays Hammond
Charles Pajeau

1916

Lincoln Logs

John Lloyd Wright

1919 Toaster Charles Strite
1920 Band-Aid
Hair Dryer
Traffic Light
Earle Dickson
Inventor Unknown
William Potts
1921 Wheaties
Wonder Bread
George Cormack
Elmer Clime
1922 Blender Stephen Poplawski
1923 Traffic Light Garret Morgan 
1925 Masking Tape
Television, mechanical
Dick Drew
John Logie Baird
1927 PEZ Candy
Television
Eduard Haas III
Philo T. Farnsworth
1928 Bread Slicer
Bubble Gum
Penicillin
Yo-Yo
Otto Rohwedder
Walter E. Diemer
Alexander Fleming
Donald Duncan
1929 Sunglasses Sam Foster
1930 Toll House Cookies
Cellophane Tape 
Ruth Wakefield
Dick Drew
1935 Ballpoint Pen
Monopoly
Trampoline
Ladislas & Georg Biro
Charles Darrow
George Nissen
1936 multiplane camera Walt Disney
1937 Shopping Cart Sylvan Goldman
1938 Nylon Stockings
Xerography
Dr. Wallace H. Carothers
Chester Carlson
1939 Atanasoff Berry Computer John Vincent Atanasoff
1940 Blood Bank
Turing Machine 
Charles Drew
Alan Mathison Turing
1942 Duct Tape
Nuclear Reaction
Johnson & Johnson Company
Enrico Fermi
1943 Bouncing Putty James Wright
1944 Clue
Mark I Computer
Anthony E. Pratt
Howard Aiken
1945 Microwave Oven
Slinky
Tupperware
Percy LeBaron Spencer
Betty and Richard James

Earl Tupper
1946 Bikini Swimsuit
Computer ENIAC
Disposable Diapers
Louis Reard
John Mauchly and J. P. Eckert
Marion Donovan
1947 Kitty Litter
Instant Photography
Transistor
Ed Lowe
Edwin Land
J. Bardeen, W. Brattain and W. Shockley
1948 Chemical Demulsifiers
SCRABBLE
Velcro
Melvin De Groote
Alfred Butts
George de Mestral
1949 LEGO Ole Kirk Christiansen
1950 Frisbee
"PEANUTS"
Silly Putty
Walter Frederick Morrison
Charles Schulz
Peter Hodgson
1951 Liquid Paper
Random Access Memory
Bette Nesmith Graham
Jay Forrester
1952 Computer Compiler
Mr. Potato Head
Grace Hopper
George Lerner
1954 Geodesic Dome
Milk Carton

Rolodex
R. Buckminster Fuller
John Van Wormer
Hildaur Neilsen
1956 Play-Doh
Scotchgard

TV Remote Control
Yahtzee
Noah and Joseph McVicker
Patsy Sherman and Sam Smith
Robert Adler
Edwin S. Lowe
1958 Hula Hoop
Integrated Circuit
Laser
Video Game
Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin
Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce

Arthur Schawlow&CharlesTownes

William Higinbotham
1959 Barbie Doll    Ruth Handler

1960

Etch A Sketch
The Game of Life

Arthur Granjean
Reuben Klamer

1961 Catheter, Balloon Thomas Fogarty
1963 Easy-Bake Oven
Lava Lamp
Kenner Products
Edward Craven Walker
1964 Holography
Smiley Face
Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks
Harvey Ball
1965 Kevlar
SuperBall
Veg-O-Matic
Stephanie Kwolek
Norman Stringley
Ron Popeil
1966 Hand-held Calculator
Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
Jack Kilby, J. VanTassel & J. Merryman
E. Paul Torrance
1967 Dynamic Random Access Memory Robert Dennard
1968 Computer Mouse
Microprocessor
Speakers, Bose
Douglas Engelbart
Ted Hoff
Amar G. Bose
1971 eBooks
Karaoke Machine
Michael Hart
Daisuke Inoue
1972 Glo-Sheet
Magnavox Odyssey
Pong Video Game
Becky, Schroeder
Ralph Baer
Nolan Bushnell
1973 Ethernet
Internet
Robert Metcalfe
Vinton Cerf
1974 Post-it Notes
Rubik's Cube
Art Fry and Spencer Silver
Erno Rubik
1976 Personal Computer Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
1977 Human Powered Flight
PC Modem
SIMON game 
 Paul MacCready
Dennis Hayes & Dale Heatherington
Ralph Baer

1978

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

James Dyson

1979 Tirivial Pursuit Chris Haney and Scott Abbott

1981

Veggie Patty

Paul Wenner

1982 Computer Gaming
itty bitty Booklight
Sid Meier
Noel Zeller
1983 Cabbage Patch Kids
Mobile Phone
Xavier Roberts
Richard Frenkiel and Joel Engel
1986 Club, The James Winner
1988 Smooth Staple John G. Knapp
1991 Nakao Snare
World Wide Web
Naomi Nakao
Tim Berners-Lee
1992 Water Disinfection System Ashok Gadgil
1993 Beanie Babies
Light Emitting Diodes, Blue
Makin' Bacon
H Ty Warner
Shuji Nakamura
Abigail Fleck
1995 LeapFrog Michael Wood

1997

1998

1999

Teletubbies

Google

W-O-D Project

Anne Wood & Andrew Davenport

Sergey Brin and Larry Page

Philip M. Parker

 
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