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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 (), born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial Ecstasy (1933), she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. Traveling to London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood. She became a film star with her performance in Algiers (1938). Her MGM films include Lady of the Tropics (1939), Boom Town (1940), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), and White Cargo (1942). Her greatest success was as Delilah in Cecil B. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 Elisabeth Goode (1855 – April 8, 1905) was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the first African-American woman to receive a United States patent, which she received in 1885. The first African-American woman to receive a patent was Judy W. Reed on September 23, 1884, but Reed only signed her patent with her mark (an X) and not her signature. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 50 (1855-1905)

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

Madam C. J. Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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Madam C. J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. Walker was considered the wealthiest African-American businesseswoman and wealthiest self-made woman in America at the time of her death in 1919.Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women through the business she founded, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Born in a village in Louisiana, she moved North to develop her business. She became known also for her philanthropy and activism. She made financial donations to numerous organizations and became ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana

Ruth Graves Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Inventors
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Ruth Graves Wakefield (June 17, 1903 – January 10, 1977) was an American chef, best known as the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, which she created. She was also a college graduate, dietitian, educator, business owner, chef, and author.Wakefield grew up in Easton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Oliver Ames High School in 1920. Wakefield was educated at Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924. There, she worked as a dietitian and lectured about foods. In 1928, she and her husband Kenneth Donald Wakefield (1897–1997) had a son, Kenneth Donald Wakefield Jr. In 1930, she and her husband bought a tourist lodge (the Toll House Inn) ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

Birthplace: Massachusetts