5 Female Inventors That Would Blow Your Mind

You’ve all heard of famous inventors such Galileo (telescope) or Karl Benz (automobile), Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) and Benjamin Franklin (bifocal glasses), but do you know who Grace Hopper and Stephanie Kwolek are?
One of these women invented the first compiler for computer programming, without which it’s fair to say the world would be a very different place, and the other invented Kevlar, a material five times stronger than steel, currently used around the world to protect people from bullets! Now these are very important inventions, but as history shows us, women’s achievements can often be overlooked when it comes to handing out the correct amount of praise.
We’ve decided to correct that and take a look at some of the most important discoveries and inventions made by women in the last 100 years:
1. Marie Curie – Theory of Radioactivity
By the time Marie Curie, a Polish and naturalized-French physicist, was just 44 she had laid out a theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium (1898) and won TWO Nobel Prizes for her contribution to science! She was the first person in history to win Two Nobel Prize’s and the the only person to win twice in multiple sciences!
2. Nancy Johnson – The Ice Cream Maker
In 1843, Nancy from Philadelphia became one of the most important women, nay, people, in history by patenting a design for a hand-operated ice cream maker, which is still used to the current day! We don’t know what more to say other than thank you, Nancy Johnson. Thank you.
3. Maria Telkes – The FIRST 100% solar powered house
The Hungarian scientist is famous for creating the first thermoelectric power generator in 1947, designing the first solar heating system for the Dover Sun House in Dover, Massachusetts,and the first thermoelectric refrigerator in 1953 using the principles of semiconductor thermoelectricity.. Girl power indeed!
4. Ann Tsukamoto – Stem cell isolation
In 1991 this was a huge and complex US invention – the ability to isolate the stem cell has been vital in medical advancements in learning more about cancer. Hopes are that one day it could lead to a cure to that and many other diseases.
5. Grace Hopper – Computer Programming
US born Grace Hopper and Howard Aiken designed Harvard’s Mark I computer, a five-tonne, room-sized machine in 1944. Hopper invented the compiler that translated written language into computer code and coined the terms “bug” and “debugging” when she had to remove moths from the device (who knew?!) Now, just close your eyes for a minute, and try to think what the world would be like without the invention of programming. Almost pre-historic isn’t it?

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