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Famous Female Inventors

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous 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

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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, Ecstasy, The Strange Woman, Algiers
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    Sarah E. Goode is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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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

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1855-1905)
    • Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Madam C. J. Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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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

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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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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

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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

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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 Handler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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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

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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

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    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Stephanie Kwolek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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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

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1923-2014)
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, New Kensington, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Chemist, Inventor
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