Famous Innovators Born in September

By Vandya Rai

September 03, 2022

Ferdinand Porsche

The founder of Porsche AG. He invented the first gasoline-electric hybrid, the Volkswagen Beetle. And, created the Auto Union racing car, the Mercedes-Benz, among other Porsche automobiles.

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03 Sep 1875

Lewis H. Latimer

He drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. He worked under Edison and invented an electric lamp. He also built an improved toilet system for railroad cars.

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04 Sep 1848

Luigi Galvani

He studied animal electricity. With his wife Lucia Galeazzi Galvani, he discovered that the muscles of dead frogs’ legs twitched when struck by an electric spark.

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07 Sep 1737

Gunpei Yokoi

Nintendo employee and pioneering video game designer. He is best known for creating the Game & Watch handheld system, and the cross-shaped control pad. He was the original designer of the Game Boy.

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10 Sep 1941

Carl Zeiss

He founded the popular lens manufacturing company, Carl Zeiss AG. He helped revolutionise optical theory and the practical design of microscopes.

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11 Sep 1816

Irene Joliot-Curie

French Chemist and daughter of Marie Curie. She, and her husband Joliot-Curie, won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of induced radioactivity.

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12 Sep, 1897

Milton S. Hershey 

An American Chocolatier and businessman. He pioneered the manufacture of caramel using fresh milk. He built Hershey’s, one of the world’s biggest confectionary manufacturers.

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13 Sep 1857

Ivan Pavlov 

Russian physiologist who discovered the concept of conditional reflex. He trained a hungry dog to salivate at the sound of a metronome or buzzer, instead of just the sight of food.

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14 Sep 1849

M. Visvesvaraya

Indian Civil Engineer and the 19th Diwan of Mysore. He is known for the construction of dams, hydropower projects, and several architectural marvels. His birthday is celebrated as Engineers Day in India.

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15 Sep 1860

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky 

Russian and Soviet Rocket Scientist. He pioneered the astronautic theory and modern rocketry for space exploration. He designed a monoplane and built the first Russian wind tunnel.

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17 Sep 1857

Michael Faraday

A noted British Physicist and Chemist, he is best known for his discoveries of electromagnetic induction and the laws of electrolysis. His greatest contribution was the invention of the electric motor.

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22 Sep 1791

Asima Chatterjee

The first woman to receive a Doctorate of Science from an Indian University. She is noted for her research in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine, and for the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs. 

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23 Sep 1917

Nicolas Joseph Cugnot

French inventor and trained military engineer. He built the world's first full-size and working self-propelled mechanical land-vehicle, the "Fardier à vapeur" – the very first automobile.

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25 Sep 1725

William Le Baron Jenney

American architect and engineer, he built the first skyscraper in 1884, supported by an iron and steel skeleton. He is popularly known as the “father of the skyscraper”.

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25 Sep 1832

Seymour Cray

American electrical engineer who invented the Cray I Supercomputer. He designed a series of computers that were the fastest in the world for decades. 

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28 Sep 1925