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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?"
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 movie contract in Hollywood where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. Mayer and the studio cast her in glamorous parts alongside popular leading men, and promoted her as the "world's most beautiful woman." During her film career, Lamarr co-invented the technology for spread spectrum and frequency hopping communications with composer George Antheil. This new technology became ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 86 (1914-2000)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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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 of Oliver and Harriet Jacobs, both described in public records as mulattos. Oliver Jacobs, a native of Indiana was a carpenter. When the American Civil War ended the family moved to Chicago, Illinois where she met and married Archibald "Archie" Goode, who was originally from Wise County, Virginia; they would have six children, of whom three would live to adulthood. He described himself in the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 50 (1855-1905)

Birthplace: United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas, DVD Region 1

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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, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 52 (1867-1919)

Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States of America

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 74 (1903-1977)

Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America

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