Learn from the Inventors
Watch a young child examine something he or she
has not seen before. Whether or not it was made
to be tasted, heard, or shaken, the object will
likely be explored with every sense. Inventors
are people who retain and foster the curiosity
and sense of exploration through which all of
us first learned about our world. While some inventors
learn their craft in academic settings, many develop
their expertise through continual experimentation
with their tools and materials.
The inventors featured here are notable for their
lifelong curiosity and persistent problem solving.
In some cases, as with Newman Darby, a single
type of invention--individually piloted watercraft--has
been the focus of a lifetime. For others, such
as Garrett Morgan, wide-ranging interests led
to a variety of inventions such as the gas mask
and the first traffic signal with a caution
sign. These inventors demonstrate a passion to
improve, and improve some more.