Timeline of Groundbreaking Inventions
On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was awarded U.S. patent no. 174,465 for the invention of the telephone. This patent is often referred to as the most valuable ever issued by the U.S. Patent Office. Click on the titles below to learn more about a few of the many other inventors and inventions that have changed the way we travel, communicate, work, and live.
Inventions Timeline
In This Issue
1450: Johanes Gutenberg & the printing press
1807: Robert Fulton & the steamboat
1838: Samuel Morse & Morse Code
1863: Louis Pasteur & sterilization
1876: Alexander Graham Bell & the telephone
1879: Thomas Edison & the light bulb
1888: George Eastman & the Kodak camera
1896: Guglielmo Marconi & the wireless telegraph
1903: The Wright brothers & the airplane
1913-14: Henry Ford & the assembly line
1926: Robert Goddard & the rocket
1943: Jacques Cousteau & the Aqua-Lung
1955: Jonas Salk & the polio vaccine
2001: Steve Jobs & the iPod
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