Technology Breakthroughs

These messages describe those who made our lives better through their pioneering technology developments.

    • More than Just a Tower

      Gustave was born in 1832 in France. His mother was a successful businesswoman, a rarity at the time. He was primarily raised by his grandmother. Gustave was an indifferent student but bright. He graduated from college with a degree in chemistry. After a few false...

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    • A Man of Steel

      Forester Mushet was born in England in 1811. He was trained as a metallurgist and owned a foundry. At the time, cast iron was the primary metal used, but cast iron had problems with durability. The problem was especially a challenge in rails for the emerging railroads...

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    • Apollo 11 Pioneers

      It was a moment of triumph for America that few who were alive at the moment will ever forget. When Neil Armstrong said: “Houston, Tranquility Base here”, you could hear the sigh of relief across America. The three astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael...

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    • Facilitating Urban Transportation

      Frank Sprague was born in Connecticut in 1857. When his mother died when he was young, he was sent to live with an aunt. He was excellent in math and wanted to attend West Point. He got the highest grade on the entrance exam, but there was a problem. The exam he took...

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    • Making Glass Products Affordable

      Bottles, which have become throwaways today, were once so expensive that they were not used for vital necessities such as containers for milk, pharmaceuticals, canning, and for other food products. Bottles were hand blown and slow to produce. That changed based upon...

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    • Connecting the World

      Philip Emeagwali was born in Nigeria as the oldest of nine children. He was considered a prodigy in mathematics, but unfortunately his education ended with the Nigerian Civil War. Philip was drafted into the Army of Biafra, a state that was attempting to secede from...

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