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Does an Inventor Look Like?
looks a lot like you! This is a word that describes someone who
is a ‘regular person’ who has figured out a new way
to solve a need or improve an existing product. Inventors come in
all shapes, sizes, and colors, all walks of life, all ages, with
or without education, and with or without financial means. Dyslexia
is a common trait among inventors. Inventors come from all over
the world but the United States has had far more inventors than
any other country.
stereotype an inventor as a crazy looking old white guy with wild
hair, glasses, and a moustache (Einstein?). Others think of the
word inventor and think geek, which is fine with me if they just
give me the money. But, I think that is pretty funny when you realize
that inventors are creative people and some of our society's most
creative, hippest, hottest, fashion designers (yachts, buildings,
etc.) are in fact creating new things all the time and are inventors,
too. Many inventors have been white males, which I think is a reflection
of our past society, but this is changing today and now they can
be anybody. Because, you see, almost everybody can observe the world
around them and have an idea to make it better.
are some interesting inventors:
Anderson – invented and patented the windshield
wiper in 1903 for streetcars.
Washington Carver – a black man and former slave
invented hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and
soybeans. He greatly improved the lives of southern farmers, but
you would be hard pressed to find someone who has not benefited
from his inventions in some way.
Grant of North Carolina -- invented pantyhose in 1959.
As skirts got shorter he saw the need for something to replace
stockings held up by garters.
Kwolek – invented a polymer fiber five times as
strong as the same weight of steel. It is still called Kevlar
and was first marketed by DuPont in 1971.
Palder – my personal favorite. Saul was a 78 year
old man who saw the need for simple storage containers with the
same size lids (I hate looking for the lid!). He invented the
Smart Spin Storage System in 2003 and became a millionaire very
So what does
an inventor look like? An inventor looks like anybody, or everybody,
but somehow, in some ways, I think an inventor looks a lot like
V. Crain, President