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Charles Babbage
English mathematician that invented a precursor to the computer.

George H. Babcock
Received a patent for the water tube steam boiler, a safer and more efficient boiler.

John Backus
The first high level computer programming language, Fortran was written by John Backus and IBM.

Leo Baekeland & Plastic
Leo Hendrik Baekeland patented a "Method of Making Insoluble Products of Phenol and  Formaldehyde". Research plastic history, uses for and the making of plastic, plastic in the fifties, and visit an online plastic museum.

John Logie Baird
Remembered for the mechanical television (an earlier version of television) Baird also patented inventions related to radar and fiber optics.

Benjamin Banneker
His inventive spirit would lead Banneker into publishing a Farmers' Almanac.

Robert Banks
Robert Banks and fellow research chemist Paul Hogan invented a durable plastic called Marlex®.

John Bardeen
Received a patent for the transistor invented in 1947.

Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi - Statue of Liberty
Earned U.S. Patent #11,023 for a "Design for a Statue".

Earl Bascom
Earl Bascom invented and manufactured the rodeo's first one-hand bareback rigging.

Patricia Bath
The first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention.

Alfred Beach
Editor and co-owner of "Scientific American", Beach was awarded patents for an improvement he made to typewriters (1857), for a cable traction railway system (1864) and for a pneumatic transit system for mail and passengers (1865).

Andrew Jackson Beard
Received a patent for a railroad car coupler and a rotary engine.

Arnold O. Beckman
Invented an apparatus for testing acidity.

George Bednorz
In 1986, K. Alex Müller and Johannes Georg Bednorz invented the first high-temperature superconductor.

S. Joseph Begun
Patented magnetic recording.

Alexander Graham Bell
Bell and the telephone -- the history of the telephone and cellular phone history.

Vincent Bendix
Automotive and aviation inventor and industrialist.

Miriam E. Benjamin
Ms. Benjamin was the second black woman to receive a patent. She received a patent for a "Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels".

Willard H. Bennett
Invented the radio frequency mass spectrometer.

Karl Benz
On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz received his first patent for a crude gas-fueled car.

Emile Berliner
Invented the disk gramophone. The history of the gramophone.

Tim Berners-Lee
Invented the World Wide Web and HTML or hypertext markup language.

Clifford Berry
Determining who was first in the computer biz is not always as easy as ABC.

Henry Bessemer
An English engineer who invented the first process for mass-producing steel inexpensively.

Patricia Billings
Invented a indestructible and fireproof building material--Geobond®.

Edward Binney
Co-invented Crayola Crayons.

Gerd Karl Binnig
Co-invented the scanning tunneling microscope.

Forrest M. Bird
Invented the fluid control device; respirator and the pediatric ventilator.

Clarence Birdseye
Invented a method to make commercial frozen foods.

Harold Stephen Black
Invented the wave translation system that eliminates feedback distortion in telephone calls.

Henry Blair
The second black man issued a patent by the United States Patent Office.

Lyman Reed Blake
An American who invented a sewing machine for sewing the soles of shoes to the uppers. In 1858, he received a patent for his special sewing machine.

Katherine Blodgett
Invented the non-reflecting glass.

Bessie Blount
Invented a device to help a disabled person eat.

Baruch S. Blumberg
Co-invented a vaccine against viral hepatitis and developed a test that identified hepatitis B in blood sample.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier
Bombardier developed in 1958 the type of sport machine that we know today as a "snowmobile".

Sarah Boone
An improvement to the ironing board (U.S. Patent #473,653) was invented by African American Sarah Boone on April 26, 1892.

Eugene Bourdon
In 1849, the Bourdon tube pressure gauge was patented by Eugene Bourdon.

Robert Bower
Invented a device that provided semiconductors with more speed.

Bill Bowerman - Sneakers
Co-invented the modern athletic shoe.

Herbert Boyer
Considered the founding father of genetic engineering.

Otis Boykin
Invented an improved "Electrical Resistor" used in computers, radios, television sets, and a variety of electronic devices.

Louis Braille
Invented braille printing.

Joseph Bramah
A pioneer in the machine tool industry.

Dr. Jacques Edwin Brandenberger
Cellophane was invented in 1908 by Brandenberger, a Swiss textile engineer, who came up with the idea for a clear and protective, packaging film.

Walter H. Brattain
Co-invented the transistor - invented in 1947.

Karl Braun
Electronic television is based on the development of the cathode ray tube that is the picture tube found in modern television sets. German scientist, Karl Braun invented the cathode ray tube oscilloscope (CRT) in 1897.

Allen Breed
Patented the first successful car air bag.

Charles Brooks
C. B. Brooks invented an improved street sweeper truck.

Phil Brooks
Patented the a "Disposable Syringe".

Henry Brown
Patented a "receptacle for storing and preserving papers" on November 2, 1886. It was special in that it kept the papers separated. Perhaps an early forerunner to the Filofax?

Rachel Fuller Brown
Invented the world's first useful antifungal antibiotic, Nystatin.

John Moses Browning
Prolific gun inventor known for his automatic pistols.

Luther Burbank
Holds agricultural patents on different types of potatoes (Idaho), peaches etc.

Joseph H. Burckhalter
Co-patented first antibody labeling agent.

William Seward Burroughs
Invented the first practical adding and listing machine.

Nolan Bushnell
Invented the video game Pong and is perhaps the father of computer entertainment.

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