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Macintosh Computer
Learn the history behind the famous Apple home computer.

Mackintosh Raincoat
The mackintosh raincoat was named after Charles Macintosh.

Magnetic Core Memory
Kenneth Olsen invented "Magnetic Core Memory".

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The history of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which has revolutionized the field of diagnostic medicine.

These are natural stones and are not inventions. However, the machines that we make with magnets are inventions.

Mail Order Catalog
Aaron Montgomery Ward sent out his first mail order catalog in 1872.

Mail-Related Innovations
William Barry invented the postmarking and canceling machine. William Purvis invented the hand stamp. Philip Downing invented the letter-drop letter box. Rowland Hill invented the postage stamp in 1837.

The history of marshmallows.

Maser Laser
Arthur Schawlow received a patent for the maser laser.

John Walker brought the power of Prometheus to our fingertips.

Learn about the history of math and the inventions associated with mathematics.

MDMA or ecstasy began as a 1913 patent belonging to the Merck Chemical Company.

Measuring Tools
From Noah's ark to modern times, read about the history of measurement and measuring tools.

Medical Innovations
The history behind many key medical innovations.

Cecile B DeMille was the first director to use a megaphone on the movie set.

Mercury Vapor Lighting
Read about the history of mercury lighting - also the lightbulb, lighting and other lamp inventions.

Metal Detector
Alexander Graham Bell invented the first crude metal detector in 1881. The portable metal detector was invented by Gerhard Fischar in 1931.

The first bank industry computer - also MICR (magnetic ink character recognition) for reading checks.

Microchip or Integrated Circuit
The integrated circuit was co-invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce.

The History of Microphones
The first microphone was a telephone transmitter invented by Emile Berliner for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. With the invention of the radio, new broadcasting microphones were created. Microphone FAQ - Microphone Basics - How They Work - Types of Microphones - Early Microphones

The Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor.

Read about the history of the microscope, from the earliest models to today's scanning electron microscope.

Microbiology Innovations
Timeline and profiles on inventors related to microscopy, culture methods, germ theory of disease, defense or control of microbes and molecular methods.

Microwave Oven
The microwave oven was invented by Percy Spencer.

Information on the history and workings of water mills, windmills, paper mills and other types of mills.

Miniature Golf
Garnet Carter was the first person to patent a game of miniature golf called "Tom Thumb Golf" in 1927.

Mirrors made by coating flat glass with silver or gold foil dates from Roman times.

Missile Systems
Missile systems are any of a variety of weapons systems that deliver explosive warheads to their targets by means of rocket propulsion.

Mobile/Cellular Phones
How the FCC slowed the progress of a mobile cellular phone system.

Mobile Homes
Mobile homes as we know them today began in 1926 with automobile-pulled trailers or "Trailer Coaches" designed as a home away from home during camping trips.

The history of modems along with some historical trivia about email.

The past, present and future history of money.

Charles Darrow became the first millionaire game designer, after he sold his Monopoly patent to Parker Brothers.

The history of moonpies, a tasty pastry.

Morse Code
Samuel Morse invented morse code, an electronic alphabet patented in 1840.

Motion Picture Innovations
Learn about the early history of the cinema, camera, projectors etc.

The history of the first motorcycles - Gottlieb Daimler and the first practical motorcycle - online motorcycle museum - motorcycle history.

Computer Mouse
Douglas Engelbart nicknamed his invention the mouse because the tail came out off the end.

Old drawings of mousetrap patents.

MRI Scanner
The history of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which has revolutionized the field of diagnostic medicine.

Musical Instruments
The history behind different musical instruments and the inventors.

My Little Pony
My Little Ponies® is the registered trademark belonging to Hasbro Industries for their very popular toy pony.

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