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3 Inventors and How Their Inventions Changed the World P3

Oct 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Many scientific inventors have contributed significantly to humanity. Many scientists and inventors are well-known, while others are not as famous as their counterparts. Some of the inventions in the past include the weaving loom, the steam engine, the modern computer, and of course, one cannot forget one of the most important inventions, the wheel. A few of the less well-known scientists are Walter Hunt, Dietrich Nikolas Winkel, and Douglas Engelbart. Do you happen to know some of their inventions off the top of your head? No, well lets’ take a look then, shall we?

Walter Hunt is an American inventor who was born in New York to a young farming family. He was born in 1796 and had twelve younger brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, he did not pursue his education and became a stone mason. Shortly after that, he began his farm with his young wife, Polly. The first machine he held the patent for was the Hunt Flax Spinner. Mr. Hunt traveled to New York City in 1826 because he needed funds to manufacture the machine. The trip was hopeless and to support his family; he sold the patent. Unfortunately, selling patents for his inventions, and relinquishing any future proceeds was a recurring theme in Hunt’s life because he had a large family and was in debt.

One of the inventions that he is best known for is the sewing machine. Back then, it was mostly women that sewed. They didn’t have to work so hard at creating even stitches, and they didn’t have crippled, painful hands when they finished sewing or mending for the family. The sewing machine has been a great help to women and tailors all over the world. It has also led to the development of much larger sewing machines that are used in the modern age to create intricate and unique designs in quilts. Yes, manufactured clothes are the norm now, but many women still gain enjoyment from creating homemade garments or blankets when using the sewing machine, not to mention the countless tailoring or seamstress jobs that are available today. The sewing machine certainly paved the way for the modern man.

Dietrich Nikolas Winkel was born in the late eighteenth century. Mr. Winkel was born in Germany and moved to the capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam when he was in his early 20’s. He was known for his love of music and science, particularly mechanical science. Unfortunately, not much is known about Dietrich’s personal life, only that he was a modest man, and like Walter Hunt didn't patent his inventions.

As a result, another inventor by the name of Malzel receives recognition for one of Mr. Winkel’s creation; the metronome Dietrich stumbled on the mechanics of the metronome when he was conducting some experiments in 1814 with a pendulum and some weights. He learned that when weights are on both sides of the pendulum, that it makes consistent movements back and forth. Mr. Winkel gave his first metronome, originally called the chronometer, to the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences on November 27, 1814.

In 1925, Douglas Engelbart was an American inventor who was born in Portland, Oregon. He was part of a large family and studied electrical engineering while attending Oregon State University. He was drafted into the US military during WW II. Once the war was over, he returned to classes and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 1948, and in 1955, Douglas received his Doctorate in electrical engineering from UC Berkley.

According to Biography.com (https://biography.com/poeple/douglas-c-engelbart-9287574), Mr. Engelbart is the great mind behind a small computer device that we use every day; the mouse. During his career at Stanford Research Institute, Douglas was determined to find a way that researchers shared information through their computers. Mr. Engelbart was adamant that science and engineering would make great strides if researchers could readily share their findings easily. This is what fueled his determination, and in 1964, the computer mouse was born. There have been some improvements on the mouse in recent years; however, it is still one of the most used pieces of computer hardware today.

Science is a vast field that touches many aspects of human life. The invention of these magnificent machines has helped millions of musicians keep perfect time, brought beautiful clothes to billions of people around the world, and has made computer research easily accessible. There’s no substitute for thinking because the possibilities are endless.


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