Historical Pioneers – Where would we be if they hadn’t shared their experience?

Martin Luther King

I often ponder on what would have happened if all the great historical movers and shakers had just sat and watched the world go by and didn’t feel the need to share their wisdom and experience, I have listed a few of my personal greats and their achievements below for your perusal.

Bruce LeeBruce Lee changed the format for martial arts movies and training concepts world wide http://www.brucelee.com/

Rosa ParksRosa Louise McCauley Parks  American civil rights activist (refused to sit at the back of the bus and the rest is history) http://preview.tinyurl.com/9v23y

Andrew Beard – Automatic Car Coupling Device (1897)

Henry Blair – Mechanical Seed Planter (1834)

                        – Mechanical Corn Harvester (1836)

C. B. Brooks – Street Sweeper (1896)

Mark Dean – Microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices (1984)

Dr. Charles Drew – Established Blood Banks all over the world (1940)

W. Johnson – Egg Beater (1884)

Frederick Jones – Refrigeration for transport trucks (1938)

                                  – Refrigeration for railroad cars (1945)

J. L. Love – Pencil Sharpener (1897)

Elijah McCoy – Automatic Lubrication System for railroads and heavy machinery (1892)

Jan Matzeliger – Automatic Shoe Making Machine that revolutionized the making of shoes (1883)

Alexander Miles – Elevator (1888)

Garrett A. Morgan – Gas Mask that saved many lives during WWI (1914)

                                      – Automatic Traffic Signal (1923)

Norbett Rillieux – Sugar Refining System that revolutionized the making of sugar (1846)

W. H. Sammons – Hot Comb (1920)

Lewis Temple – Toggle Harpoon (1848)

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams – First Open Heart Surgery (1893)

Granville Woods – Multiplex Telegraph system, allowing messages to be sent/received from moving trains (1887)

                                  – Railway Air Brakes that provided the first safe method of stopping trains (1903)

                                  – Steam-boiler/radiator (1884)

                                  – Third Rail [subway] (1893)

J. T. White – Lemon Squeezer (1896)

One thing that endears me to a lot of these pioneers was that they were human beings, made of skin and bone just like you or I, they were no better or worse, but what made them stand out in their fields? I can only surmise that they had a deep desire to improve their situation and in so doing helped make others lives that much easier in the long run.

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