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Famous Inventors

written by: parkerrutherford
 
This quiz focuses on famous inventors - pioneers, who thought out of the box and tirelessly pushed the envelope in all aspects of engineering. All questions are "fill in the blank" type, and in each, you will have to name the inventor.

Question 1:


This engineer, born in the Russian Empire, designed the first four-engine aeroplane. He also built the first successful helicopter of the most common configuration (single main rotor with tail rotor).  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 2:


Which American politician and statesman invented the lightning rod, the harmonica, the bifocal glasses and the flexible urinary catheter?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 3:


This American entrepreneur and engineer received a patent for the invention of the air brake on 5 March, 1872.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 4:


This scientist is widely believed to have invented the telephone, while trying to create a device that would allow him to communicate with his deaf wife and mother.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 5:


In 1886, this German engineer created the Tri-Car, the first commercial automobile, powered by a gas engine, and later, by petrol.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 6:


Which American inventor and painter is regarded as the inventor of the inventor of the telegraph?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 7:


This Italian electrical engineer and Nobel laureate, known for the development of the radio, made the first wireless transmission across water on May 13 , 1897.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 8:


This African American agricultural chemist, who in 1990 was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, discovered over three hundred uses for peanuts.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 9:


In 1793, this American inventor created the cotton gin, a mechanical device for removing the seeds from cotton.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


 


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