Gainesville, United States

Mothers of Invention - Cade Museum

Mothers of Invention - Cade Museum

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14 tour stops

1

Necessity: Alexander Graham Bell

Inventor of the telephone (1876)

3 min
2

Necessity: Madam Walker

Inventor of the first line of African-American hair care products (1905)

4 min
3

Necessity: Jonas Salk

Inventor of the polio vaccine (1955)

3 min
4

Curiosity: Hedy Lamarr

Hollywood movie start and inventor or radio guided torpedoes (1942)

4 min
5

Curiosity: Les Paul

Inventor of electric guitar (1950)

4 min
6

Imagination: Nikola Tesla

Inventor of alternating current (1921)

3 min
7

Imagination: John Philip Holland

Inventor of the modern submarine (1857–1914)

4 min
8

Imagination: Robert Goddard

Inventor of world’s first liquid fueled rocket (1926)

4 min
9

Iteration: Thomas Edison and Lewis Lattimer

Invented the first commercial light bulb (1879)

4 min
10

Iteration: Luther Burbank

One of the first to receive patents for new agricultural products (1871)

3 min
11

Iteration: Gideon Sundback

Inventor of the modern zipper (1913)

4 min
12

Serendipity: Richard James

Inventor of the Slinky (1945)

3 min
13

Serendipity: Art Fry

Inventor of the Post-it note (1974)

2 min
14

Serendipity: Stephanie Kwolek

Inventor of Kevlar (1965)

3 min

Overview

It turns Necessity is not the only “Mother of Invention.” There are also Curiosity, Imagination, Iteration and Serendipity. Most inventors are sparked by one of these “mothers,” which nurture the inspiration for a new idea.

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