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Inventors and Inventions

Turn on the TV with the remote control. Open a can. Telephone a friend. Dim the lights. Listen to a CD. Switch on the computer. Do just about anything, and you are reaping the benefits of the innovative minds of inventors. Inventors are a remarkable breed. They may look like your next-door neighbors and could, in fact, even be your neighbors. However, research has shown that most inventors possess distinctive characteristics that separate them from the general population.

When faced with complex problems, inventors employ creative techniques to find solutions. Not surprisingly, this trait makes them superb problem solvers. They often have broad interests and do not usually limit themselves to one area of expertise. They are inquisitive and self-motivated, always eager to investigate the “whys” and “hows” of things. Inventors are also doers; they strive to complete tasks, driven primarily by the need to know the final results.

Inventors display a strong work ethic. They remain committed to a task, persistent and determined to see it through to a final resolution. When trying to solve problems, they are not easily discouraged, are willing to consider the advice of others, and often use both traditional and experimental approaches to find solutions. Inventors generally have several hobbies and are likely to embrace them with the same enthusiasm and vigor they apply to their work.

You have probably studied famous inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell (telephone); Thomas Edison (microphone and phonograph); Orville and Wilbur Wright (motorized airplane); George Washington Carver (agricultural techniques); and Henry Ford (assembly line). Their inventions revolutionized the world.

However, you should not forget the contributions of other equally important inventors. Although their names are not household words, their inventions have permanently altered how we work, play, and live. They include Alexander Cartwright (baseball), Whitcomb Judson (the zipper), Gertrude Elion (cancer treatment drugs), and Carl Benz and Otto Daimler (gasoline automobile).

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