Leonardo da Vinci, artist, inventor
Apr. 15 1452 – May 2, 1519
Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta (Henry Holt and Co., 2009).
Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist. This biography highlights his ideas and how they live on in the modern inventions we enjoy today.
John Harrison, inventor
Mar. 24, 1693-Mar. 24, 1776
The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003)
Harrison succeeded in figuring out how to track longitude for ships at sea…after five tries and over thirty-five years. Thank you for your perseverance, Mr Harrison!
The National Maritime Museum dedicates a page to Harrison and the Longitude problem.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor
Mar. 3, 1847-Aug 2, 1922
Alexander Graham Bell by Leonard Everett Fisher (Atheneum, 1999)
Hello? The inventor of the telephone and other inventions is featured in this bio about his childhood and beyond.
The Franklin Institute Resources of Science Learning offers a short article about Bell’s Telephone and the history of telephones.
Levi Straus, inventor, businessmen
b. February 26, 1829
d. Sept. 26, 1902
Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea
(Hougthton Mifflin, 2011)
by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution.
What’s a California miner to do
when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy
wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla (that is, his
birthday suit)! Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his
needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking,
quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers
clothed—and becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tall tale, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jeans wearers worldwide.
Mary Anderson, Inventor
b. February 19, 1866
d. June 27, 1953
THE WOMAN WHO INVENTED WINDSHIELD WIPERS: MARY ANDERSON AND HER WONDERFUL INVENTION
by Sara 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 and rain. And boy
did they get wet! Find out how Mary Anderson’s smart thinking helped her
get a patent for the Windshield Cleaning Device.”