Inventor Spotlight – Louis Pasteur

Because of the nature of their jobs, many inventors are scientists and engineers. One scientist who was also an inventor was Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and microbiologist, who was known for his discovery of pasteurization and microbial fermentation. His germ...

What Type of Innovator Are You?

In 1962 the book “Diffusions of Innovations” came out. It was a phrase coined by communications professor Everett Rogers to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology is spread through cultures. Rogers explained in his book that four main...

Women Scientists and Engineers as Inventors

The first creativity workshop I ever put on was for a group of women engineers. Years later I’m still an innovation keynote speaker for many conferences of engineers and scientists. They’re not only able to come up with great ideas, but they also know how...

Inventors Spotlight – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is best known for the Gettysburg Address and for abolishing slavery, but did you know he is also the only President to be an inventor and patent holder? In 1849 he filed a patent for a device that would help lift riverboats over sandbars, and two...

Women Inventors Who Changed the World

As you sip your morning coffee you probably don’t give any thought as to how the actual process of coffee brewing came to be. If it wasn’t for a frustrated housewife in Dresden, Germany, you might have to brew your coffee by wrapping loose coffee grounds in a cloth...