Otto von Guericke invented the air pump in 1650. This invention demonstrated that a vacuum could exist, something previously considered impossible. Asserting the existence of the vacuum was essential to future study and innovation in electronics and other areas of research.Know More
Von Guericke's invention and his elaborate demonstrations disproved the notion that nature abhors a vacuum. Instead, he proved that substances were not pulled by a vacuum, but were pushed by the pressure of the surrounding fluids.
The inventor also applied the barometer to weather prediction, thus paving the way for the study of meteorology and the very first electric generator in 1660.Learn more about Inventions
German scientist Otto Bayer, who founded the Bayer Company, was the inventor of polyurethane foam, the material from which sponges are made. Bayer invented this material by accident in 1937.Full Answer >
Otto Hahn discovered nuclear fission, the method used in nuclear reactors to extract energy from nuclear materials. Enrico Fermi is credited as the first person to successfully create a nuclear chain reaction, which would be used in reactors in the future.Full Answer >
Anton Van Leeuwenhoek was not the inventor of the compound microscope. The microscope was invented by Robert Hooke of England and Jan Swammerdam of the Netherlands in 1595, almost 40 years before Leeuwenhoek was even born. However, Leeuwenhoek improved on the quality of the lens used in his microscopes.Full Answer >
Baron Karl Von Drais was a German inventor that developed the Laufmaschine. The Laufmaschine, also referred to as the running machine or dandy horse, was the first personal transportation option that consisted of two wheels.Full Answer >