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Famous Female Inventors

List of famous female inventors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female inventors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being inventors. There are thousand of females working as inventors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic inventors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a inventor then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Sarah Guppy and Mary Dixon Kies.

While this isn't a list of all female inventors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female inventors?" and "Who are the best female inventors?"

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    Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American inventor and film actress. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy, she fled her husband and secretly moved to Paris. While there, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1914-2000)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Inventor, Scientist, Actor, Engineer
    • Credits: Samson and Delilah, Boom Town, Algiers, Come Live with Me, My Favorite Spy + 26 more
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    Sarah Elizabeth Goode was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the very first African-American woman to receive a United States patent. She was born Sarah Elizabeth Jacobs in 1855 in Toledo, Ohio, although she would sometimes say that she was born in Spain. Sarah Goode was the second of seven children ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 50 (1855-1905)
    • Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1867-1919)
    • Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor
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    Ruth Graves Wakefield was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, which she created circa 1938. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1903-1977)
    • Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Chef
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    Bessie Virginia Blount was a physical therapist, inventor, and forensic scientist also known by her married name, Bessie Blount Griffin. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 95 (1914-2009)
    • Birthplace: Hickory, Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Ruth Marianna Handler was an American businesswoman and inventor. She served as the president of the toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., and is remembered for her role in marketing the Barbie doll. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1916-2002)
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Writer
    • Credits: Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World, Barbie and The Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth
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    Lynn Conway is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design, which incubated an emerging electronic design automation industry. She worked at IBM ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Stephanie Louise Kwolek was an American chemist, whose career at the DuPont company covered over forty years. She is best known for inventing the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide—better known as Kevlar. For her discovery, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 91 (1923-2014)
    • Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Chemist, Inventor
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    Mary Anderson was an American real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist and inventor of the windshield wiper blade. In November 1903 Anderson was granted her first patent for an automatic car window cleaning device controlled inside the car, called the windshield wiper. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1866-1953)
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Real estate development, Cattle Rancher, Inventor
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    Bette Claire Graham was an American typist, commercial artist, and the inventor of Liquid Paper. She was also the mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 56 (1924-1980)
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Amanda Theodosia Jones was an American author and inventor, most noted for inventing a vacuum method of canning called the Jones Process. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1835-1914)
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Josephine Garis Cochrane made the first practical mechanical dishwasher in 1886, in Shelbyville, Illinois, although a washing machine device was patented in 1850 by Joel Houghton. Cochrane was a rich woman who hosted frequent dinner parties. She did not do any of the dishes herself because she had ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1839-1913)
    • Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Mary Dixon Kies was an early 19th-century American who was the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on May 5, 1809, which was for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1752-1837)
    • Birthplace: Killingly, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover is an American mathematician notable for inventing a computerized telephone switching method which "revolutionized modern communication" according to several reports. It prevented system overloads by monitoring call center traffic and prioritizing tasks on phone switching ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Irvington, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Scientist, Engineer
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    Katharine Burr Blodgett was the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge in 1926. After receiving her master's degree, she was hired by General Electric, where she invented low-reflectance "invisible" glass. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1898-1979)
    • Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor
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    Ann A. Kiessling is an American reproductive biologist and one of the leaders in human parthenogenic stem cell research at The Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation. She was an Associate Professor in teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School from 1985 until 2012. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Scientist
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    Marjorie Stewart Joyner was an American businesswoman. She was born in 1896, in Monterey, Virginia. She was the granddaughter of a slave owner and a slave. In 1912, she moved to Chicago and began studying cosmetology. She graduated A.B. Molar Beauty School in Chicago in 1916, the first African American ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 98 (1896-1994)
    • Birthplace: Monterey, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor
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    Carleen Maley Hutchins was an American former high school science teacher, violinmaker and researcher, best known for her creation, in the 1950s/60s, of a family of eight proportionally-sized violins now known as the violin octet and for a considerable body of research into the acoustics of violins. She ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 98 (1911-2009)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz, born Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher, was a German entrepreneur, who invented the coffee filter in 1908. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1873-1950)
    • Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Inventor
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    Beulah Louise Henry was an American inventor. In the 1930s, she was given the nickname "Lady Edison" for her many inventions. Her inventions include a bobbin-free sewing machine and a vacuum ice cream freezer. Though she was awarded around 49 patents over her lifetime, she had around 110 inventions ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1887-1973)
    • Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Engineer
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