Eugene Morrison Stoner is credited with inventing the American M16 while working as chief engineer for ArmaLite. The M16 became the standard-issue assault rifle of the U.S. military in 1963.
The invention was inspired by studies that showed soldiers were not pulling the trigger during the pressures of combat, and Stoner determined to build a firearm that fired repeatedly with a single pull of the trigger. Derived from the basic AR-10 model he completed in 1955, the design was improved by his team at the urging of the armed forces and released as the AR-15, which was later adopted by United States military as the M16.Learn More
Marin le Bourgeois developed the first flintlock gun, which is the predecessor to the rifle. Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland is known for inventing the first breech-loading rifle, which was used by the British Army in the American Revolutionary War in 1777.Full Answer >
The invention of the Internet is credited primarily to the developers of ARPANET, a project of the U.S. Department of Defense and dozens of universities. This complex technology, however, has been developed over time by hundreds of innovators and inventors.Full Answer >
Mary Phelps Jacob is credited as the inventor of the modern brassiere. She received a patent in 1914 for her design, which began in 1913 with a prototype made from silk handkerchiefs and pink ribbon.Full Answer >
Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the phonograph, completing his first model on August 12, 1877. Edison's creation was inspired by his work on improvements to the telephone and telegraph.Full Answer >