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
The invention of the telegraph is credited to the English inventors William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone as well as the American inventors Samuel Morse, Alfred Vail and Leonard Gale. The telegraph allowed for long-distance communication by sending messages between devices by means of an electric current.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 >
Wilbur and Orville Wright are credited with the creation of the first self-powered and piloted airplane. The two brothers tested numerous aircraft designs before they successfully built and flew their airplane in 1903.Full Answer >
Hans Lipperhey is credited with inventing the telescope because he filed the first patent application in the Netherlands on Sept. 25, 1608. The German-born Lipperhey lived in the Netherlands, where he worked as a spectacle maker.Full Answer >