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Randall Elementary School: Fifth Grade

Inventions and Inventors

The following inventors and their inventions can be found using Britannica School, which is on the Database tab of the Randall Library Portal.

Louisa May Alcott (writer, author of Little Women)

Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross)

Alexander Graham Bell (telephone, various other inventions)

Rafael Benz ( built the world’s first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine

Andrew Carnegie (founded steel and iron companies, philanthropist)

George Crum (a very short article, and see below for more articles). The library also owns a book about him.

John Deere (inventor of plows and farm machinery)

Rudolf Diesel  (diesel engine)

Thomas Edison (many inventions, including including the motion-picture projector, the phonograph, and the incandescent electric lightbulb.

Henry Ford (automobiles, and the idea and implementation of mass production)

Benjamin Franklin (many inventions)

Robert Fulton (steamboat transportation)

Richard Jordan Gatling (perfected machine for sowing cotton seeds and thinning cotton plants, and invented a type of gun)

Margaret Knight (invented various machines, including one for folding paper bags so they have flat bottoms)

Garrett Morgan (traffic signal and modern gas mask)

Samuel Morse (inventor of the morse code and telegraph)

John D. Rockefeller (founder of the Standard Oil Company, and philanthropist)

Isaac Singer (sewing machine)

Samuel Slater (founder of the American cotton textile industry)

Nikola Tesla (the AC current, and the Tesla wire used in radios)

James Watt (steam engine)

Eli Whitney ( Best remembered as the inventor of the cotton gin, Eli Whitney also developed the concept of mass production of interchangeable parts and the assembly line.


Click on the following inventors to go directly to sites:

George Crum (inventor of the potato chip)

Margaret Knight (invented various machines, including one for folding paper bags so they have flat bottoms)

George Stephenson (built the first commercial locomotive and railways)