5 Tech Inventions You Probably Didn't Know Were Invented By Women


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1. In 1947, it was Dr. Maria Telkes, physicist and solar-power pioneer, who teamed up with an architect, Eleanor Raymond, to build the first home entirely heated by solar power

“Solar One”, the first solar-heated home.

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She also developed a solar salt-water still for the Navy in World War II, which saved the lives of torpedoed sailors and downed airmen.

2. The modern electric refrigerator was actually invented by Florence Parpart in the year 1914

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In 1900, Parpart also received a patent for a vastly improved street-cleaning machine, which she marketed and sold to cities across America.

3. Stephanie Kwolek, a chemist, invented the super-strong Kevlar fiber, used to make bulletproof vests

Her invention is actually five times stronger than steel, and also has countless other uses.

4. Dr. Grace Murray Hopper, who first used the term "bug" to describe a glitch in a computer system, after finding an actual moth causing trouble in her computer, invented COBOL, the first user-friendly business computer software program

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5. Hedy Lamarr, who besides being a world-famous film star, was also the inventor of Wi-Fi, which was used during World War II for radio-controlling torpedoes, employing 'frequency hopping' technology, and laid the technological foundations for GPS

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Props to these amazing women! They deserve a salute.

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