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Learn from the Inventors

Watch a young child examine something he or she has not seen before. Whether or not it was made to be tasted, heard, or shaken, the object will likely be explored with every sense. Inventors are people who retain and foster the curiosity and sense of exploration through which all of us first learned about our world. While some inventors learn their craft in academic settings, many develop their expertise through continual experimentation with their tools and materials.

The inventors featured here are notable for their lifelong curiosity and persistent problem solving. In some cases, as with Newman Darby, a single type of invention--individually piloted watercraft--has been the focus of a lifetime. For others, such as Garrett Morgan, wide-ranging interests led to a variety of inventions such as the gas mask and the first traffic signal with a “caution” sign. These inventors demonstrate a passion to improve, and improve some more.












Newman Darby
Newman Darby 
Sailboard Inventor


Sailboard


“I thought about sailing all the time. I wanted to explore.”



Other Inventors in "Keep Making It Better":


Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez 
Nobel Prize-winning Physicist and Inventor





Mike Augspurger

Mike Augspurger 
Handcycle Inventor






Matt Capozzi and Nathan Connelly

Matt Capozzi and Nathan Connelly 
Accessible Snowboard Inventors




Gertrude Elion

Gertrude Elion 
Drug Research Pioneer






Sally Fox

Sally Fox 
Innovator of Naturally Colored Cotton



Marjorie Stewart Joyner

Marjorie Stewart
Joyner
 
Permanent Waving Machine Inventor







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