Top 10 Inventor Myths

It’s been a long time since this false information is widely spread in the schools. These myths should be corrected so people will really know and give credit to the true inventors of our history. Here are the top 10 inventor myths:

10. The internet was invented by Al Gore.

Although he said in one of his interviews that he has created the internet, doesn’t mean that he really did. In 1961, Leonard Kleinrock first thought of the idea of the internet. J.C.R. Licklider, Paul Baran, Thomas Marill and Lawrence Roberts, Barry Wessler, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn are the people who contributed to the development of Kleinrock’s idea.

9. First Desktop Computer was invented by Microsoft.

Charles Babbage was the first one to have the idea about desktop computers. Seymour Cray and Douglas Englebart both contributed to its development; the first computer released in the market was first introduced in 1975 by Altair. In 1981, Apple released their Apple II. In the later part, IBM also introduced their very own desktop computer.

8. Discoverer and Developer of Penicillin was Alexander Fleming.

Yes, the idea came from Alexander Fleming because he accidentally discovered this solution when he was studying Staphylococcus bacteria. Howard Florey, Ernst Chain, and Norman Heatley were the first to continue Flemings Discovery but only discovered that the penicillin was harmless in mice. Both  Orvan Hess and John Bumstead were the first to use penicillin to treat humans.

7. The Automobile was invented by Henry Ford.

Karl Benz was actually the inventor of the modern automobile. He was the first to produce four-stroke cycle gasoline automobile. He also created an inexpensive assembly-line mechanism.

6. X-ray was invented by Thomas Edison.

Wilhelm Röntgen was the first person to actually produce a photograph through an x-ray. It was a breakthrough that x-rays are sometimes called the Rontgen Rays. A Nobel Prize was awarded to him because of his discovery.

5. The airplane was invented by the Wright brothers.

Richard Pearse in 1903 was the first one to attempt to take-off with his flying machine. This took place 9 months before the Wright Brothers had a successful flight. With some lacking parts, the design of Pearse is much more similar to the modern aircraft design than the Wright Brothers.

4. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell

Antonio Meucci was the first person to invent the earlier version of the telephone in 1860. He called it Teletrofono. It was described as an electromagnet with a receiver.

Inventor Myths

3. Light Bulb was invented by Thomas Edison.

In 1800, Humphry Davy was the first one to invent an electric powered bulb. He first experimented with an electric battery then soon discovered the electric bulb. Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, Charles Francis Brush, and Thomas Edison were the people who contributed to the development of the modern light bulb.

2. Radio was invented by Marconi.

Nikola Tesla was the first one to invent and attempted to use the radio. He was the first one to successfully assemble the wireless telegraphy system. With a series of researches and experimentation, he finally got the patent and formed the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company.

1. The telescope was invented by Galileo Galilei.

Leonard Digges invented telescopes that are refracted and reflecting. Hans Lippershey, on the other hand, was the first to make a device for magnifying objects and he got a patent for it.

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