Definitions of discoverer

n someone who is the first to observe something

finder, spotter
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

n someone who is the first to think of or make something

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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