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Thomas BlanchardThomas Blanchard
was awarded 24 patents in his lifetime. His inventions included a machine for making carpet tacks, a steam-powered car, and a machine for bending wood. The invention for which he is best known is a wood lathe capable of creating irregularly shaped objects.
William CongreveWilliam Congreve
invented war rockets for Britain that helped inspire The Star-Spangled Banner. A very busy inventor, he also received patents for a canal lock and sluice, a method for manufacturing gunpowder, counterfeit-resistant bank-note paper, a steam engine, and many, many other devices.
Oliver EvansOliver Evans
was the third person to be granted a patent in the United States, for flour-milling inventions, in 1790. He subsequently invented an improved steam engine and a steam-powered dredger.
Charles Franklin KetteringCharles Franklin Kettering
invented the electric starter for automobiles, which was first used by Cadillac in 1911 and patented in 1915. The holder of over 140 patents, he also invented the automatic transmission, leaded gasoline, quick-drying enamel paint, Freon, etc. He was also the co-founder of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.
William MurdockWilliam Murdock
began his career making improvements to the Watt steam engine, and then developed the world's first steam carriage. The invention for which he is best known, however, is the use of coal gas for lighting purposes.
Alexander ParkesAlexander Parkes
patented the first man-made plastic in 1855. By the time of his death he held over 80 patents for processes and products related to electroplating, rubber, and plastics.
George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
first gained fame for the railroad air brake, which he patented in 1869. In 1886 he founded the Westinghouse Electric Company in order to commercialize alternating current as the standard for electrical transmission.

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