Trailblazers: A List of Innovators and Inventors Who Deserve More Recognition!

Posted by , Updated on December 12, 2018

Trailblazers have it rough, but it’s even worse when they don’t get the recognition they deserve. By definition, a trailblazer does something that no one else has ever done before. They head out into the wilderness in hopes of finding a new opportunity, carving a path in the process. Seeing a need, they use their brainpower to fix the problem and invent something to help the rest of society. Their innovation deserves praise, but the situation becomes dire when they don’t receive any credit for their work. Sometimes, they just didn’t think to get a patent to protect the idea, and other times they were robbed from blind bigotry. Whatever the reason, it’s time to set the record straight. Here are Trailblazers Who Didn’t Get The Recognition They Deserved.

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Ada Lovelace

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Born in 1815, she is known as the world’s first computer programmer. Her notes on Charles Babbages early general purpose computer, known as the Analytical Engine, are recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine.


Giovanni Caselli

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While a physics professor at the University of Florence, Giovanni Caselli invented the pantelegraph which worked similar to a modern day fax machine except it’s about 150 years older. 


Henry Heyl

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Henry Heyl is often considered the first person to put on a cinema show through a device called a phasmatrope in the mid-1800’s. It gave off the illusion and appearance of motion pictures. 


Nathan B. Stubblefield


An American inventor and Kentucky melon farmer, Nathan was the first to demonstrate radio in 1902. It didn’t work out, however. While he obtained a patent on the technology, he could never find a way to commercialize it. He became a recluse and died in 1928. 


Hercules Florence


Hercules Florence, a Brazilian painter and inventor, developed a process for printing photographs using a technique he called “photographie.” He supposedly referred to this at least four years before John Herschel coined the English word photography.

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