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History Heroes: Neil Armstrong

by Damian Harvey

Neil Armstrong was involved in one of the most memorable events of the twentieth century - the moon landing! Find out more about how he got to become one of the first to set foot on the moon. Discover the stories...


Who Was Louis Braille?

by Margaret Frith, Robert Squier & Scott Anderson

Louis Braille certainly wasn't your average teenager. Blind from the age of four, he was only fifteen when in 1824 he invented a reading system that converted printed words into columns of raised dots. Through...


Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers

by Anna M. Lewis

Reporting on a range of historical and contemporary female builders and designers, this educational book strives to inspire a new generation of girls in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and...


SCUBA Man: Jacques Cousteau and His Amazing Underwater Invention

by Carmen Bredeson

Swimming under the sea, looking at ocean life, is a very popular pastime. But there was a time when SCUBA diving did not exist. People had to wear very heavy diving suits, boots, and helmets. They could not...


The Woman Who Invented Windshield Wipers: Mary Anderson and Her Wonderful Invention

by Sara L. Latta

Most people can't imagine a car without windshield wipers. How would you possibly see during a snow storm or downpour? But there was a time when drivers had to wipe the windshield themselves to clear it of snow...


Microwave Man: Percy Spencer and His Sizzling Invention

by Sara L. Latta

Most people love microwave popcorn or a warm snack from the microwave. But before 1975, homes did not have this great device! How did Percy Spencer go from a small town mill worker to the inventor of one of...


The Coolest Inventor: Willis Haviland Carrier and His Air Conditioner

by Alison Eldridge & Stephen Eldridge

Icy cold air conditioning is very common in many people's lives. But there was a time when this popular luxury did not exist. People had to think of other ways to keep cool on hot, humid days. It was also too...


The Chocolate Chip Cookie Queen: Ruth Wakefield and Her Yummy Invention

by Carmen Bredeson

Sometimes inventing can be sweet. Author Carmen Bredeson explores the creation of everyone's favorite cookie in THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE QUEEN. Find out about Ruth Wakefield, the Toll House Inn, and the invention...


Who Was Alexander Graham Bell?

by Bonnie Bader & David Groff

Did you know that Bell's amazing invention--the telephone--stemmed from his work on teaching the deaf? Both his mother and wife were deaf. Or, did you know that in later years he refused to have a telephone...


Pioneering American Computer Geniuses

by Mary Northrup

It is hard to imagine a world without computers. The people found in this book are largely responsible for creating the high-tech world in which we live today. These computer geniuses include early programmers...


Daredevil American Heroes of Exploration and Flight

by Anne Schraff

The spirit of adventure has long driven Americans to explore the unknown and broaden the knowledge of the world. All of the men and women in this book are American heroes from the twentieth century. Some trekked...


Amazing American Inventors of the 20th Century

by Laura S. Jeffrey

The ten Americans profiled in this book may not be familiar to some people, but their inventions certainly are. Today, we take for granted devises such as televisions, microchips, laswers, and even the Super...


The Man Who Invented the Laser: The Genius of Theodore H. Maiman

by Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Maiman was a graduate of the University of Colorado, which awarded him a B.S. in engineering physics in 1949. Later, he received his Ph.D. in physics in 1955 from Stanford University and began work at the Hughes...


The Man Who Invented the Ferris Wheel: The Genius of George Ferris

by Dani Sneed

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an American engineer. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was a member of the Rensselaer Society of Engineers, in the class of 1881...


The Man Who Invented Television: The Genius of Philo T. Farnsworth

by Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Philo Taylor Farnsworth was an American inventor and television pioneer. Although he made many contributions that were crucial to the early development of all-electronic television, he is best known for inventing...


The Woman Who Invented the Thread that Stops Bullets: The Genius of Stephanie Kwolek

by Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Stephanie Louise Kwolek is an American chemist who invented poly-paraphenylene terephtalamide-better known as Kevlar. She was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. In 1964, in anticipation...


The African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer: The Genius of Vivien Thomas

by Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Vivien Theodore Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. He was an assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock's experimental...


Who Was Sally Ride?

by Megan Stine

In 1978, Sally Ride, a PhD candidate at Standford University, responded to a newspaper ad to join the US astronaut program. She was accepted and became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space! Among...


Who Invented Home Video Games? Ralph Baer

by Mary Kay Carson

There are few kids who don't enjoy home video games, but do they know who invented the first one? Learn about Ralph Baer's life and the first home video games ever made. Invent your own game, too!


Who Invented Television? Philo Farnsworth

by Mary Kay Carson

It seems like televisions are everywhere, but do you know who invented the first one? Learn about Philo Farnsworth's life and how he invented the first television. Create your own cartoon show, too!