Women Inventors . By: Ping Chen W S 301 Fall 2000. The First Women Inventors. 1715- Sybil Masters, acknowledged by King George I as the inventor for “cleaning and curing Indian corn” Women could not own property, so the patent was issued to her husband, Thomas Masters (Macdonald 3).
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By: Ping Chen
W S 301
Sarah Mather-improved her invention of the submarine telescope (Macdonald 15)
Temperance P. Edson-”self inflator” for raising sunken vessels (Macdonald 15)
Clevelander Sarah Mossman-designed a folding waterproof cover and neckpiece that could be attached to military caps (Macdonald 15)
Martha Coston-improvement in pyrotechnic night signals (Fitzroy)During the Civil War
Women were responsible for many inventions
directly related to the Civil War.
Harriet Irwin’s hexagonal house.
Katharine Dexter McCormick
-first woman to win the Nobel Prize alone in the field of genetics
-in her observation and crossbreeding of corn, she discovered a mechanism called “transposition”
Fannie Farmer-inventor of the modern-day cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cook Book
(Vare & Ptacek 125-133)
Women have come a long way despite all the obstacles they encountered along the way.
Women inventors, especially have done so much for the world. Their ingenuity made the world a better place.
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