Unsung HeroesPosted: July 4, 2013
Earlier this week Douglas Engelbart died. My response was “Who’s Douglas Engelbart?” but it turns out that Engelbart was the inventor of the computer mouse, which is a pretty big deal.
I found it kinda sad that the dude wasn’t more well known, I mean here’s a guy who invented something which has been used by millions and millions of people around the world have used and which has become part of everyday life in the West.
It got me thinking about people who invented other stuff that are part of our regular lives but that who’s names have vanished unlike your Alexander Graham Bell types. So here are a few I had to look up, and hopefully won’t forget about-
Ole Kirk Christiansen- Lego, the greatest toy ever.
Spencer Silver and Art Fry- The post-it note.
Alexey Pajitnov- Tetris, my favourite computer game ever.
Thomas Sullivan- Who commercialized and popularized the tea bag.
Washington Sheffield- The squeezable toothpaste tube.
And of course, the nameless unknown people who were first to sort out things like fire, cider, pizza, air guitar and kissing.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.