GREAT MOMENTS IN INNOVATIONS

Looking for a touch of inspiration from others who looked at the world with different eyes?

If so, here’s a timeline of some of our favorite innovations. Use it as a starting point for your own exploration of a world full of ideas, opportunities and possibilities. And let us know if you have a “great moment” to share…

4,000,000 BCE »

Stone Tools

Ancient Guys
East Africa

35,000 BCE »

Disposable Razors

Cavepersons
Western Europe

3,500 BCE »

Wheeled Vehicles

Copper Age Guys
Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe

3,000 BCE »

Customer Service

Innovator Unknown
Somewhere outside Cleveland

3,000 BCE »

Mass Produced Beer

Sumerian Women
A Tavern in Mesopotamia

1,500 BCE »

The Arch

Early Engineers
Ur, Iraq

400 BCE »

Atomic theory of Matter

Democritus
Greece

4th Century BCE »

The Compass

Inventor Unknown
China

900 »

Sneakers

The Mayans
Yucatan Peninsula

1701 »

The Efficient Seed Drill

Jethro Tull
England

1610 »

The Telescope

Refined by Galileo
Padua, Italy

1040 »

Movable Type

Pi-Sheng
China

1794 »

The Electric Battery

Count Alessandro Volta
Italy

1825 »

Aluminum

H. Oerstad
Denmark

1873 »

Earmuffs

Chester Greenwood
Farmington, Maine

1948 »

Velcro

George de Mestral
The Alps, Switzerland

1945 »

The Slinky

Betty and Richard James
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1928 »

Penicillin

Alexander Fleming
London, England

1971 »

The Microprocessor

Intel Corporation
Silicon Valley, California

1982 »

Artificial Human Heart

Robert Jarvik
Salt Lake City, Utah

1991 »

Carbon Nanotubes

Sumio Iijima
Tokyo, Japan

1993 »

The Macarena

Antonio Monge
and Rafael Ruiz
Seville, Spain

2012 »

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