Definitions of discoverer
  1. noun
    someone who is the first to observe something
    synonyms: finder, spotter
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    someone who is the first of two or more people to discover something
    type of:
    beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient
    a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
  2. noun
    someone who is the first to think of or make something
    synonyms: artificer, inventor
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    Alexander Graham Bell
    United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
    Sir Henry Bessemer
    British inventor and metallurgist who developed the Bessemer process (1813-1898)
    John Moses Browning
    United States inventor of firearms (especially automatic pistols and repeating rifles and a machine gun called the Peacemaker) (1855-1926)
    William Seward Burroughs
    United States inventor who patented the first practical adding machine (1855-1898)
    Father of the Submarine
    American inventor who in 1775 designed a man-propelled submarine that was ineffectual but subsequently earned him recognition as a submarine pioneer (1742-1824)
    Edmund Cartwright
    English clergyman who invented the power loom (1743-1823)
    Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre
    French inventor of the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype (1789-1851)
    Father of Radio
    United States electrical engineer who in 1907 patented the first triode vacuum tube, which made it possible to detect and amplify radio waves (1873-1961)
    George Eastman
    United States inventor of a dry-plate process of developing photographic film and of flexible film (his firm introduced roll film) and of the box camera and of a process for color photography (1854-1932)
    Thomas Alva Edison
    United States inventor; inventions included the phonograph and incandescent electric light and the microphone and the Kinetoscope (1847-1931)
    Robert Fulton
    American inventor who designed the first commercially successful steamboat and the first steam warship (1765-1815)
    Richard Jordan Gatling
    United States inventor of the first rapid firing gun (1818-1903)
    King Camp Gilette
    United States inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor (1855-1932)
    Peter Carl Goldmark
    United States inventor (born in Hungary) who made the first TV broadcast in 1940 and invented the long-playing record in 1948 and pioneered videocassette recording (1906-1977)
    Charles Goodyear
    United States inventor of vulcanized rubber (1800-1860)
    James Hargreaves
    English inventor of the spinning jenny (1720-1778)
    Hero of Alexandria
    Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
    Herman Hollerith
    United States inventor who invented a system for recording alphanumeric information on punched cards (1860-1929)
    Elias Howe
    United States inventor who built early sewing machines and won suits for patent infringement against other manufacturers (including Isaac M. Singer) (1819-1867)
    Joseph Marie Jacquard
    French inventor of the Jacquard loom that could automatically weave complicated patterns (1752-1834)
    Edwin Herbert Land
    United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)
    Samuel Pierpoint Langley
    United States astronomer and aviation pioneer who invented the bolometer and contributed to the design of early aircraft (1834-1906)
    Peter Paul Mauser
    German arms manufacturer and inventor of a repeating rifle and pistol (1838-1914)
    Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
    English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)
    Cyrus Hall McCormick
    United States inventor and manufacturer of a mechanical harvester (1809-1884)
    Ottmar Mergenthaler
    United States inventor (born in Germany) of the Linotype machine (1854-1899)
    Samuel Finley Breese Morse
    United States portrait painter who patented the telegraph and developed the Morse code (1791-1872)
    Edward James Muggeridge
    United States motion-picture pioneer remembered for his pictures of running horses taken with a series of still cameras (born in England) (1830-1904)
    Elisha Graves Otis
    United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
    Isaac Merrit Singer
    United States inventor of an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1811-1875)
    Elmer Ambrose Sperry
    United States engineer and inventor of the gyrocompass (1860-1930)
    Francis Edgar Stanley
    United States inventor who built a steam-powered automobile (1849-1918)
    Charles Proteus Steinmetz
    United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Germany) (1865-1923)
    William Henry Fox Talbot
    English inventor and pioneer in photography who published the first book illustrated with photographs (1800-1877)
    Nikola Tesla
    United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Croatia but of Serbian descent) who discovered the principles of alternating currents and developed the first alternating-current induction motor and the Tesla coil and several forms of oscillators (1856-1943)
    James Watt
    Scottish engineer and inventor whose improvements in the steam engine led to its wide use in industry (1736-1819)
    George Westinghouse
    United States inventor and manufacturer (1846-1914)
    Sir Charles Wheatstone
    English physicist and inventor who devised the Wheatstone bridge (1802-1875)
    Eli Whitney
    United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)
    Orville Wright
    United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Wilbur Wright) invented the airplane (1871-1948)
    Wilbur Wright
    United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Orville Wright) invented the airplane (1867-1912)
    Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
    German inventor who designed and built the first rigid motorized dirigible (1838-1917)
    the inventor to whom a patent is issued
    type of:
    a person who grows or makes or invents things
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