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Inventor Biography Book Resources
African American Inventors
by Otha Richard Sullivan, James Haskins / Library Binding - 176 pages (1998) / John Wiley & Sons

For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also learning about the contributions of black discoverers.
American Computer Pioneers
by Mary Northrup / Library Binding - 112 pages (July 1998) / Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Covers major players in the development of the computer, from Herman Hollerith, the inventor of punch cards, through the inventors of ENIAC and UNIVAC, as well as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Marc Andreessen of Netscape.
American Inventors of the 20th Century
by Laura S. Jeffrey /
Library Binding - 112 pages (March 1996) / Enslow Publishers, Inc.
The clear text and the interesting inventions described combine to make this an appealing choice for the age group, especially for students needing biographies of scientists or inventors or researching the process of invention
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention
by Louis Haber / Paperback - 264 pages Reprint edition (January 1992) / Harcourt Brace
Dr. Haber has lifted from obscurity 14 remarkably gifted black Americans who played crucial roles in this country's scientific and industrial progress. Includes photos and illustrations. 
Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors
by Tom Tucker, Richard Loehle (Illustrator) /
Paperback: 144 pages / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1998)
Ever eaten a Popsicle, kept your ears warm with earmuffs or resealed your breakfast cereal with the built-in cardboard tab on the box top? Thank a kid inventor, because all those things, and quite a few more described in this book, were invented by children. A great inspiration for your own young scientist.
Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America
by Anne L. MacDonald / Paperback - 540 pages (March 1994) / Ballantine Books (Trd Pap);
Chronicles women's patented inventions, beginning with the first patent obtained by a woman (in 1809). Discusses some of the economic, political, and social obstacles, and sets the women and their inventions in historical context.
From Immigrant to Inventor
by Michael Pupin / Paperback: 436 pages / Kessinger Publishing (March 1, 2003)
Pupin's main objective in this narrative was to describe the rise of idealism in American science and particularly in physical sciences and the related industries. He was a witness to this gradual development and everything he describes was an attempt to qualify as a witness whose testimony has competence and weight. A 1924.Pulitzer Prize winning book.
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet (ill.) / Paperback: 64 pages /Houghton Mifflin; Reprint (2002)
A dozen women are profiled in this collection of short, anecdotal biographies demonstrating that necessity, ingenuity, and luck all play a part in successful inventions. The final section tells girls how to patent their inventions, and an informed bibliography.
Great Lives: Invention and Technology
Milton Lomask, John Pope Paul II / Hardcover - 262 pages / Atheneum, 1992
Brief life stories of twenty-seven persons whose inventions or discoveries have altered the environment to a marked degree. Includes a list of important dates in the history of invention and technology.
Inventing Modern America
This book simplifies technical data and uses an enthusiastic, almost proselytizing tone: "We can all be inventors, just like the ones in this book. They show us the way. Full color photographs, diagrams and intriguing tidbits like how a "tiny mistake led to the invention of the modern pacemaker" make this a good book for most to browse
Inventors: A Library of Congress Book
by Martin W. Sandler / Paperback - 96 pages (September 1999) / HarperTrophy
Composed mainly of historical photographs, reproductions, and period writing culled from the Library of Congress archives, the volume explains to young readers how the great inventors of America revolutionized life with such world-altering creations as the television, airplane, skyscraper, and spaceship.
Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors
by Susan Casey / Paperback: 144 pages / Jossey-Bass (2005) / Ages 9+
You'll meet inspiring kids just like you who designed their own award-winning inventions. Discover how exciting it can be to rethink the world around you, solve problems, and surprise and delight others with the results. Anything's possible with Kids Inventing!
The Kids' Invention Book
by Arlene Erlbach /
Library Binding (August 1997) / Lerner Publications Company
The stories of twelve kid inventors.
Erlbach uses the success of 15-year-old Chester Greenwood, who invented earmuffs in 1873, as the takeoff point for introducing more than a dozen contemporary children who have created their own inventions. Each double-page spread profiles one child and his or her invention, some of which have won national recognition in inventors' contests.
The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories About Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson / Paperback - 128 pages (1999) / Puffin

Brief factual stories about how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, from animal crackers to the zipper.
Outward Dreams : Black Inventors and Their Inventions
by Jim Haskins / Paperback: 112 pages / Walker Books for Young Readers;  (September 1, 2003)
Discusses black inventors and their contributions, including Benjamin Bradley, Madam Walker, and George Washington Carver. The art of invention knows no color.
Patently Female
by Ethlie Ann Vare, Greg Ptacek / Hardcover - 240 pages (November 9, 2001) / John Wiley & Sons
Patently Female will reveal the stories behind remarkable innovations, and introduce you to the even more remarkable women who made them.
Rube Goldberg: Inventions
by Maynard Frank Wolfe, Rube Goldberg / Hardcover - 192 pages (2000) / Simon & Schuster
Welcome to the world of that archetypal American, Reuben Lucius Goldberg, the dean of American cartoonists for most of the twentieth century. For more than sixty-five years, Rube Goldberg's syndicated cartoons -- he produced more than fifty strips -- appeared in as many as a thousand newspapers annually He was earning a hundred thousand dollars a year...in 1915.
Scientists, Mathematicians, and Inventors: Lives and Legacies: Encyclopedia of People Who Changed the World
by Doris Simonis (Editor), Caroline Hetzenber (Editor) / Hardcover - 256 pages / Oryx Press (1998)
Biographies of 200 men and women. Subjects were selected on the basis of work that had significant influence on society in general or on scientific disciplines in particular, influence that extended beyond a lifetime.  
The Sky's the Limit : Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
This compilation by Catherine Thimmesh presents a respectful glimpse at the stunning, too-often overlooked accomplishments and revelations of women--and girls--through time. Especially with the stories about 11- and 12-year-old girls.
So You Want to Be An Inventor?
by Judith St. George, David Small / Paperback: 56 pages / Puffin; (2005)  / Ages 9+
Are you a kid who likes to tinker with machines that clink and clank, levers that pull, bells that ring, cogs that grind, switches that turn on and off, wires that vibrate, dials that spin? You maybe inspired by what other inventors have accomplished.
They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine
by Harold Evans / Hardcover: 496 pages / Little, Brown (October 12, 2004)
Profiles 70 of America's leading inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators, some better known than others. Along with such obvious choices as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers. Shows innovation as both a product of and a contributor to the grand apparatus of American society.
Women Invent: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World
by Susan Casey /
Paperback - 144 pages (October 1997) / Chicago Review Press
These inspiring stories of women inventors take the reader on a step-by-step journey through the process of inventing.
 
   
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