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    Jeffrey Nash
    Born:1954 - Current
    Invention: Juppy Baby Walker

    Jeffrey Nash was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1954 and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1976 and served until 1980, receiving two meritorious promotions while providing security on the presidential helicopters that transport the president of the United States. (Carter Administration). He is the oldest of 10 children and worked for three decades as a clothing salesman. He came up with the idea of the Juppy Baby Walker while watching his granddaughter play soccer. The Juppy Baby Walker is a parent-assisted baby walker which serves as a safe alternativeto dangerous wheeled walkers. ... » read more

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    Jan E. Matzeliger
    Born: Sept 15, 1882 - 1889
    Invention: Shoe Making Machine

    He invented the first ever shoe making machine. It could make up to 700 hundred pairs of shoes in a ten hour work day. Humans could only make 50. He first used cigar boxes and metal scraps to create his machine, but everyone always laughed at his idea. When it did work everyone wanted to buy the machine from him, but he said no. Finally in 1883 he got a patent to build his machine. He needed money to build the machine so he didn't live healthily in order to save up money and because of that he died in 1889 .. more

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    Madam C.J. Walker
    Born: Dec 23, 1867 - May 1919
    Invention: Hair-Growing Lotion

    Sarah Breedlove, who later became known as Madam C. J. Walker, was born into a former-slave family to parents Owen and Minerva Breedlove. She had one older sister, Louvenia and brothers Alexander, James, Solomon and Owen, Jr. Her parents had been slaves on Robert W. Burney's Madison Parish farm which was a battle-staging area during the Civil War for General Ulysses S. Grant and his Union troops.

    She became an orphan at age 7 when her parents died during an epidemic of yellow fever. To escape the epidemic and failing cotton crops, the ten year old Sarah and her sister ... more

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    Fredrick Jones
    Born: 1893-1961
    Invention: Automatic Refrigeration System

    Frederick Jones was born in in Covington, Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio on on May 17, 1893. He was a trained mechanic, a skill he learned doing military service in France during World War. His mastery of electronic devices was largely self-taught, through work experience and the inventing process.
    Frederick McKinley Jones was granted more than 40 patents in the field of refrigeration. Frederick Jones' inspiration for the refrigeration unit was a conversation with a truck driver who had lost a shipment of chickens because the trip took too long and the truck's storage compartment overheated. Frederick Jones also developed an air-conditioning ... more

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    Earl Lucas
    Born: 1970 -
    Invention: Designer

    Earl Lucas (1970- ), was born in Dallas, Texas. He went to Booker T. Washington High School and was in the arts program. Initially, he was interested in the 3-D process of making jewelry with metal at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Two years into the program, he switched from a crafts major to industrial design. However, he liked the field of transportation. In college, he and some of his classmates designed a van to transport elderly riders. That job led to a job designing car seats, panels for doors, and headliners for an auto supplier. Then he ... more