Do you like beer? Can you imagine living without Wi-Fi? You have women to thank for it.
When we talk of inventors, the first people who come to mind are Albert Einstein and Thomas Alva Edison. Naturally, most people assume that with the exception of Madame Marie Curie, most big inventors were all men. But here are 10 cool inventions that men would never believe to be the work of women.
This life-saving material that is 5 times stronger than steel and used to make bulletproof vests was invented in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek.
2. Life Raft
The life saving Life Raft was invented by Maria Beasley in 1882 (Maria also invented a machine that makes barrels).
3. Medical syringe
The medical syringe which could be operated with only one hand was invented by a woman by the name of Letitia Geer in 1899.
4. electric refrigerator
The electric refrigerator was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914 (Florence also invented an improved street cleaning machine in addition to the refrigerator).
5. Computer Algorithm
Ada Lovelace is essentially the first computer programmer due to her work with Charles Babbage at the University of London in 1842. In fact her notes was an essential key to helping Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.
6. central heating
Although Alice Parker’s invention in 1919 of a gas powered central heater was never manufactured, her idea was the first that allowed for using natural gas to heat a home, inspiring the central heating systems used today.
7. Wireless transmissions technology
Hedy Lamarr, a world famous film star, invented a secret communications system during World War II for radio-controlling torpedoes. This Technology also paved the way for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS.
8. Computer Software
Dr Grace Murray Hopper was a computer scientist that invented COBOL which is the first user-friendly business computer software system in the 1940’s. She was also a rear admiral in the U.S. navy and the first person to use the term “bug” in reference to a glitch in a computer system when she literally found a bug (moth) causing problems with her computer.
9. fire escape
The fire escape vital to public safety was invented by Anna Connelly in 1887.
According to Beer Historian Jane Peyton. Mesopotamian women were the first to develop, sell, and even drink beer.
So there you have it, next time you’re sipping on some beer (thank the Mesopotamian women) at your local trivia night, we’ve got you covered for any questions regarding female inventors!