Ch 9: Important Inventors in History

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For an overview of important inventors in history, take a look at this online study guide chapter. These simple lessons and self-assessments can be used for test preparation, grade improvement, tutoring and homework help purposes.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering information about important inventors in history will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about historically significant inventors. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing information about significant inventors
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about important inventors for a standard world history course. You'll study the lives and inventions of the following inventors:

  • Thomas Newcomen
  • Clarence Birdseye
  • Edwin Herbert Land
  • Guglielmo Marconi
  • Lee de Forest
  • Antonio Meucci
  • Ernst Werner von Siemens
  • Henry Bessemer
  • Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel
  • Emile Berliner
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Ramon Barba

14 Lessons in Chapter 9: Important Inventors in History
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Thomas Newcomen: Biography, Inventions & the Steam Engine

1. Thomas Newcomen: Biography, Inventions & the Steam Engine

Thomas Newcomen was a British inventor & engineer who was inspired by his work with a tin mine to invent the steam engine that ultimately helped to industrialize England.

Clarence Birdseye: Biography, Facts & Invention

2. Clarence Birdseye: Biography, Facts & Invention

Any college student on a budget knows one of the cheapest ways to get a full meal is to buy a frozen one from the freezer section. This multi-million dollar industry is the result of one man - Clarence Birdseye.

Edwin Herbert Land: Biography, Facts & Inventions

3. Edwin Herbert Land: Biography, Facts & Inventions

In this lesson, we will explore the life and work of the 20th-century inventor Edwin Herbert Land. Infatuated with light and its polarization, Land is best known for creating the first Polaroid Camera.

Guglielmo Marconi: Biography & Inventions

4. Guglielmo Marconi: Biography & Inventions

This lesson delves into the life and work of Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian scientist and inventor who pioneered the fields of wireless telegraphy and radio. We will learn about several of his patented inventions, and the theories of electromagnetic waves upon which they were based.

Lee De Forest: Biography, Inventions & Achievements

5. Lee De Forest: Biography, Inventions & Achievements

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the life, career, and inventions of prolific inventor and sound innovator Lee De Forest. We'll examine the driving forces that led him to experiment with sound technology at the beginning of the twentieth century, his world-changing invention of the three- element tube, and his frequent entanglements with US patent law.

Antonio Meucci: Biography, Facts & Inventions

6. Antonio Meucci: Biography, Facts & Inventions

Antonio Meucci was an Italian immigrant to the United States who invented the first telephone. In this lesson, learn about his life and inventions, and discover the controversy associated with the invention of the telephone.

Ernst Werner von Siemens: Biography, Quotes & Inventions

7. Ernst Werner von Siemens: Biography, Quotes & Inventions

Ernst Werner von Siemens was a 19th century Prussian scientist and inventor. He made important contributions to electrical engineering and telegraphy. In this lesson we will learn his life and work.

Henry Bessemer: Biography, Inventions & Importance

8. Henry Bessemer: Biography, Inventions & Importance

In this lesson, we will learn about Henry Bessemer. Bessemer was the inventor of the modern process of making steel, the material which changed the world's landscape and made the modern industrial system possible.

Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel: Invention, Contribution & Patent

9. Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel: Invention, Contribution & Patent

In this lesson, we will learn about Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel and his most famous invention, the diesel engine. Diesel harnessed the power of heated fuel into an internal combustion engine that changed the world of transportation.

Emile Berliner: Biography, Facts & Invention

10. Emile Berliner: Biography, Facts & Invention

In this lesson, you will gain basic knowledge of Emile Berliner. After learning about his background, some key facts and his inventions, you'll understand how he changed the way people listened to music in the late 1800s and even now.

Nikola Tesla: Biography, Facts & Quotes

11. Nikola Tesla: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Nikola Tesla was a genius inventor and pioneer of modern electricity who made an irreplaceable mark on the world. This lesson explores Tesla's life and personal goals, giving us a look at the man behind the inventions.

Nikola Tesla: Inventions, Patents & Accomplishments

12. Nikola Tesla: Inventions, Patents & Accomplishments

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a brilliant inventor and scientist who introduced over a hundred novel patents. In this lesson we will learn about his groundbreaking inventions that made the transmission of electricity safe, fast, and economical.

Hedy Lamarr: Biography & Inventions

13. Hedy Lamarr: Biography & Inventions

Hedy Lamarr was one of the most famous actresses of the 1930s and 1940s. She wasn't just another pretty face, though. The technology she invented would become the basis of today's cell phones and other wireless technology.

Ramon Barba: Biography, Contributions & Inventions

14. Ramon Barba: Biography, Contributions & Inventions

Ramon Barba is a man who made the life changing discovery of flower induction and applied this (and other findings) towards improving the quality of life for those in the agriculture industry. Dr. Barba represents what it means to serve mankind and use your talents for good.

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