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Famous Male Inventors

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List of famous male inventors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male inventors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being inventors. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a inventor then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Hércules Florence to Amos Whitney, plus much more.

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


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    Steve Jobs
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    Steven Paul Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic and design-driven pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1955-2011)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer
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    James Cameron
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    James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major success with the science-fiction hit The Terminator. He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Canada
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor, + more
    • Credits: Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Avatar, The Terminator, Aliens, + more
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    Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more
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    Leonardo da Vinci
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    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more
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    Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1847-1931)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, Scientist, + more
    • Credits: The Patchwork Girl of Oz, The Execution of Mary Stuart, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, Carmencita, President McKinley Inauguration Footage, + more
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    Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1743-1826)
    • Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, USA
    • Profession: Statesman, Inventor, Author, Farmer, Architect, + more
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    Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1863-1947)
    • Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Wayne County, Michigan
    • Profession: Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Industrialist, + more
    • Credits: Because of Love
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    Penn Fraser Jillette is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Illusionist, + more
    • Credits: Toy Story, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hackers, Hollywood Squares, Dancing with the Stars, + more
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    Nikola Tesla
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    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 electricity supply system. Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before immigrating ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1856-1943)
    • Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
    • Profession: Futurist, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mechanical engineer, + more
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    Alexander Graham Bell
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    Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1847-1922)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur, Professor, Inventor, + more
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    Thomas Paine
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    Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1737-1809)
    • Birthplace: Thetford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Inventor, Author, Pamphleteer
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    Steve Wozniak
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    Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak, known as "Woz", is an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly designed both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. These computers contributed ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Computer scientist, + more
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
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    Charles Lindbergh
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    Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, Lindbergh emerged suddenly from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1902-1974)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Author, Peace activist, Explorer, + more
    • Credits: Charles A. Lindbergh: Hero of the Air
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    Buckminster Fuller
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    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1895-1983)
    • Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary, Inventor, Designer, + more
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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1917-2008)
    • Birthplace: Minehead, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Inventor, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World, Without Warning, Baddegama, + more
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    George Washington Carver
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    George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. Carver's reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Chemist, Inventor, Scientist, Botanist
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    William Shockley
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    William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the transistor. The three were jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shockley's attempts to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1910-1989)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mountaineer
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    Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1915-2009)
    • Birthplace: Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States, with Territories
    • Profession: Luthier, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Inventor
    • Credits: Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, Chet Atkins: A Life in Music, Stars and Their Guitars: A History of the Electric Guitar, Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano, The Boys Are Back in Town: Classic Tracks from the Gentlemen of Jazz
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    Graham Wiggins is an American musician. He plays the didgeridoo, keyboards, melodica, sampler, and various percussion instruments with his group, the Boston, Massachusetts-based Dr. Didg.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Didgeridooist
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    Guglielmo Marconi
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    Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1874-1937)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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