Making A Difference

by Sherry Riter in Motivation

“If you think you are too small to be effective,
you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”
~Author Unknown~

Inventors who made a difference…

    Nicolas Appert, (1749-1841), France — canning (airtight food preservation)
    Edwin H. Armstrong,(1890-1954), U.S. — FM radio
    Alexander Graham Bell, (1847-1922), Canada, Scotland, and U.S. — telephone
    Karl Benz, (1844-1929), Germany — the petrol-powered automobile
    Emile Berliner, (1851-1929), Germany and U.S. — the disc record gramophone
    Tim Berners-Lee, (1955-), UK — with Robert Cailliau, the World Wide Web
    Laszlo Biro, (1899-1985), Hungary — modern ballpoint pen
    Clarence Birdseye, (1886-1956), U.S. — frozen food process
    J. Stuart Blackton, (1875-1941), U.S. — stop-motion film
    Katharine B. Blodgett, (1898-1979), UK — nonreflective glass
    Nils Bohlin, (1920-2002), Sweden — the three-point seat belt
    Louis Braille, (1809-1852), France — the Braille writing system
    Chester Carlson, (1906 – 1968), U.S. — Xerography
    Wallace Carothers, (1896 – 1937), U.S. — Nylon
    Josephine Cochrane, (1839 – 1913), U.S. — dishwasher
    Lloyd Groff Copeman, (1865 – 1956), U.S. — Electric stove
    Jacques Cousteau, (1910 – 1997), France — co-inventor of the aqualung and the Nikonos underwater camera
    Bartolomeo Cristofori, (1655 – 1731), Italy — piano
    William Cullen, (1710 – 1790), UK — first artificial refrigerator
    Philip Diehl, (1847-1913), U.S. — Ceiling fan, electric sewing machine
    George Eastman, (1854-1932), U.S. — roll film
    Thomas Edison, (1847-1931), U.S. — phonograph, commercially practical light bulb, motion picture projector, stock ticker, etc
    Willem Einthoven, (1860-1927), The Netherlands — the electrocardiogram
    Rune Elmqvist, (1857-1924), Sweden — implantable pacemaker
    Alexander Fleming, (1881-1955), Scotland — penicillin
    Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790), U.S. — the pointed lightning rod conductor, bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, the glass harmonica
    Bette Nesmith Graham, (1924-1980), U.S. — Liquid Paper
    Heinrich Hertz, (1857-1894), Germany — radio telegraphy, electromagnetic radiation
    Felix Hoffmann (Bayer), (1868-1949), Germany — Aspirin
    Coenraad Johannes van Houten, (1801-1887), Netherlands — cocoa powder, cacao butter, chocolate milk
    Elias Howe, (1819-1867), U.S. — sewing machine
    Nancy Johnson, U.S. — American version of the hand cranked ice cream machine in (1843)
    John Harvey Kellogg, (1852-1943), cornflake breakfasts
    Margaret E. Knight, (1838-1914), U.S. — machine that completely constructs box-bottom brown paper bags
    Stephanie Kwolek, (1923-), U.S. — Kevlar
    René Laënnec, (1781-1826), France — stethoscope
    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, (1632-1723), Netherlands — development of the microscope
    Hans Lippershey, (1570-1619), Netherlands — telescope
    Charles Macintosh, (1766-1843), Scotland — waterproof raincoat, life vest
    John Landis Mason, (1826-1902), U.S. — Mason jars
    Jules Montenier, (c. 1910), U.S. — modern anti-perspirant deodorant
    Samuel Morse, (1791-1872), U.S. — telegraph
    James Naismith, (1861-1939), Canadian born, USA — invented basketball and American football helmet
    Isaac Newton,(1642-1727), England — reflecting telescope (which reduces chromatic aberration)
    Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662), France — barometer
    Nicolae Paulescu, (1869 – 1931), Romania — Insulin
    John Pemberton, (1831-1888), U.S. — Coca-Cola
    Henry Perky, (1843-1906), U.S. — Shredded wheat
    Stephen Perry, England — rubber band
    Peter Petroff, (1919-2004), Bulgaria — digital wrist watch, heart monitor, weather instruments
    Arthur Pitney, (1871-1933), United States — Postage meter
    Christopher Polhem, (1661-1751), Sweden — the modern padlock
    George Pullman, (1831-1897), U.S. — Pullman sleep wagon
    Charles Francis Richter, (1900-1985), U.S. — Richter magnitude scale
    Ernst Ruska, (1906-1988), Germany — electron microscope
    Isaac Singer, (1811-1875), U.S. — sewing machine
    Levi Strauss, (1829-1902), U.S. — blue jeans
    Lewis Urry, (1927-2004), Canada — long-lasting alkaline battery
    Theophilus Van Kannel, (1841-1919), United States — revolving door (1888)
    Alessandro Volta, (1745-1827), Italy — battery
    Eli Whitney, (1765-1825), U.S. — the cotton gin
    Arthur Wynne, (1862-1945), England — creator of crossword puzzle

Now look in the mirror.

Don’t forget that YOU make a difference every day. You don’t have to be a great inventor, but the things you do each day affect other people and you add value to their lives.


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sig July 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

LOVE it!
I'll be following your blog, love your inspirations!


2 Lee July 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Wow…that took some time and effort! Thanks for the post. Really needed it!!


3 Melissa Miller July 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

It's so nice to meet you!
Thank you very much for visiting and following along on my blog.
I really appreciate it and your kindness. You're always welcome!

Your blog is wonderful! I'm so happy to have found it.
What a great list of inventors. I'll show this one to my hubby.

~Happy 4th! ~Warmly, Melissa 🙂


4 Dee July 5, 2009 at 12:59 am

That quote about the mosquito makes the point strike home.

The rubber band, crossword puzzle and anti-antiperspirant are my favourites.

Visiting from SITS.


5 Kristin July 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Inspiration at its best. Lovely.


6 Judy Harper October 13, 2009 at 12:33 am

You're right, what we do each day does affect someone, in a good way or it could be in a bad way. # 7


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