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These People Changed The World Drastically

Have you ever wondered who were the greatest inventors, those who helped sculpt the world as we know it today?

We made a list of eight people without whose inventions our lives would not have been the same.

“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.” —  

—  Woodrow Wilson

 The Wright Brothers

Orville and Wilbur Wright were two American brothers, inventors, and pioneers of aviation. These two are credited for inventing, building and flying the world’s first airplane. They made the very first sustained and controlled flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft. These two developed the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although they were not the first to build an experimental airplane, they were the first to develop efficient controls that made the flight in a fixed-wing plane possible.

 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a leading author, politician, Freemason, scientist, inventor and a civic activist. Besides being famous as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he is known for his inventions as the bifocal glasses, glass harmonica, the lightning rod, flexible urinary catheter and the Franklin stove. Franklin is also famous for his discovery of electricity through an anecdotal story we are all familiar with. This man never patented his inventions, but wrote in his autobiography that „… as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.”

 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was Serbian-American electrical engineer, physicist, mechanical engineer, futurist and above all an inventor who is best known for his work in the field of electricity. He is responsible for so many things we still use today that it seems unbelievable that one man made it all. The things he made range from Tesla coil to remote control, induction motor, fluorescent light bulbs, and, most important of all, alternating current, which made electricity cheaper and safer.

 Charles Babbage

You may have never heard of Charles Babbage until now. However, this man is considered to be ‘the Father of Computers.’ He was a mathematician, philosopher, mechanical engineer and an inventor. What history remembers him for is his concept of the digital programmable computer. He invented the first mechanical computer that in time led to more and more complex electronic designs. Interestingly enough, the essential ideas of modern computers are in his concept of an analytical engine.

 James Watt

Watt was an inventor, chemist and mechanical engineer who made the famous Watt steam engine. This engine was the key to the changes that the Industrial Revolution brought to the world. Contrary to popular belief, he did not invent the steam engine but improved it to become more efficient and cost-effective.

 Leonardo Da Vinci

His name is one of those every single person on the planet knows! Still, most people are not aware of all that he has done. He was a sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, painter, engineer, astronomer, inventor and much more. Da Vinci is the one who invented the parachute, helicopter, and tank. He also conceptualized concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull. Da Vinci designed models that proved to be workable 500 years later! This man is considered to have been one of the most diversely talented people this world has ever seen.


This Italian was a polymath: engineer, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and physicist. His role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century was among the major ones. It is well-known that he developed a telescope which enabled his contributions to observational astronomy.

He noticed and analyzed sunspots, confirmed the phases of Venus, and discovered the four largest satellites of Jupiter. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology,  invented the improved military compass and many other instruments. He confirmed revolutionary theories about the nature of our world, insisted on the scientific method and championed heliocentrism. Therefore, he deserves to be called the “father of modern physics”“ and “the father of science.”

 Tim Berners-Lee

His name is probably another one of those you never heard of before. This computer scientist is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. His first proposal for an information management system came in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful client-server communication via the Internet in November in the same year. Now, he is a director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees the continued development of the Web.

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