Innovators dream their world differently, their passion towards creating something new that’s makes life simpler results in Innovation. Here is a list of some Inventors who have transformed our lives, but are underrated and less popular as compared to their invention.
For the past three decades, he has been Silicon valley icon and philanthropist. Steve Wozniak shaped the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer, but people remember only Steve Jobs as the person behind Apple.
Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. People know Steve Jobs as the man behind Apple, but only a few remember this underrated innovator.
Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer, who is the creator of the Linux kernel and has been a principal developer for a long time. Due to the less user friendliness of Linux, He is in our list of underrated Personalities who needed to be famous.
Linux kernel has been the kernel for Operating Systems like GNU, Android, and the Chrome OS. He is also the creator of the distributed revision control system Git. He always wanted the softwares to be Free and open sourced.
John was an English chemist who invented the friction matches. He had a great interest in finding a means of obtaining fire easily. He named the invented matches as the “Congreves” in honor of the inventor and rocket pioneer, Sir William Congreve.
He refused to patent his invention, making it freely available for anyone to make. Thus He got underrated and received neither fame nor wealth for his invention. Then came some modifications in the composition of matches over the time, but he flashed the idea of Matches to the world, and today it has become a $15 billion worth business.
Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr.was an African-American inventor An invention he worked on the development of a chemical for hair-straightening. He made the liquid into a cream and marketed it.
Garrett Morgan invented a safety hood smoke protection device for the firefighters on duty. His device used a wet sponge to filter out smoke and cool the air.
Morgan had witnessed a serious accident at an intersection, and he resulted on inventing a traffic control device. He was underrated because of less popularity of his inventions in his time.
Tim Paterson is an American computer programmer, best known for creating 86-DOSwhich later formed the basis of MS-DOS, the most widely used personal computer operating system in the 1980s.Paterson started his own company, Falcon Technology,in 1983. Microsoft contracted Paterson to port MS-DOS to the MSX computers standard. Paterson accepted the contract to help fund his company and completed the work on the MSX-DOS operating system in 1984.
Falcon Technology was bought by Microsoft in 1986 to reclaim royalty-free licenses to MS-DOS. Thus he entered in our list of underrated innovators, We know DOS by the name of Microsoft, but it was a brainchild of Paterson.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply.
Tesla was underrated, because he lived in a time when people wanted toasters and tungsten bulbs, but were not ready for wireless electricity, electric cars, Radar, robotics and much more that he did research on.
Tim Berners Lee
Sir Timothy John Berners Lee also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Now geographical distance is no more a barrier in knowledge exchange.
The Internet is primarily responsible for the evolution of our society into a new era, facilitating faster communication, business, awareness and easy dispersion of knowledge. We believe him underrated when compared with the ubiquitous world wide web he gave to the world.