Episode 60: Four InventorsPosted 12 December 2015 by The History Chicks
Lillian Gilbreth inspired us. After talking about her life and accomplishments, we thought it was high time to introduce you to four more problem-solving women whose inventions we use every day: Josephine Cochrane, Melitta Bentz, Mary Phelps Jacobs and Hedy Lamarr.
Chapter One: The Dishwasher
Chapter Two: The Coffee Filter
Melitta Bentz invented the paper coffee filter, a product that both of us can thank her for daily. She and her husband began a company out of their apartment in Germany that is now known world-wide and named after its founder.
(For a lot more about coffee, its history and its consumption globally, go visit Love Some Coffee.)
Chapter Three: The Brassiere
As bra wearing women, we thank you Mary Phelps Jacobs (also known as Caresse Crosby), from the bottom of our cross our hearts..
Chapter Four: Frequency Hopping
Glamorous movie star Hedy Lamarr was the brains behind technology that began life as a way to fight Nazi submarines but now makes our podcast and website possible (as well as quite a bit more).
For more about Hedy’s life, check out Hedy Lamarr (dot org).
And you wanted to see the YouTube from Ecstasy? Google it. (It’s really quite PG by our modern standards, but alas, we have some kids that visit.)