Communications inventions and discoveries

Invention Inventor Date
Camera (flexible film roll) George Eastman 1888
Celluloid John Wesley Hyatt (from idea by Alexander Parkes) 1869
CD James Russell 1970 (patent)
Cellphone D. H. Ring
Dr. Martin Cooper (with Motorola)
1947 (concept)
1973
Christmas card John Calcott Horsley (suggested by Henry Cole) 1843
Facebook Mark Zuckerburg 2004
Google Sergey Brin and Larry Page 1998
Holography Dennis Gabor 1947
Internet J. C. R. Licklider
Tim Berners-Lee
1962 (concept)
1991 (World Wide Web)
iPod Jon Rubinstein (Apple chief engineer) 2001
Liquid paper Bette Nesmith Graham 1951
Micro-processor Gordon Moore & Robert Norton Noyce 1971
Morse code Samuel Morse 1837
Phonograph (commercial) Thomas Alva Edison 1877
Photograph (first) Joseph Niepce 1826
Postage stamp Rowland Hill 1837
Postcard John P. Charlton 1861 (patent)
Radio Guglielmo Marconi 1895
1901 (Cross-Atlantic transmission)
Satellite Sputnik I (USSR) 1957
Semaphore Claude Chappe 1793
SKYPE Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis 2003
Smartphone IBM 1993
Tablet Computer Alan Kay
Cambridge Research (Z88) and Linus Technology
1968 (concept)
1987 (product - Write-Top)
Telegraph (wired) W. F. Cooke & Charles Wheatstone 1837 (patent)
Telegraph (wireless) Guglielmo Marconi (first Morse code signals over 2.4.km) 1895
Telephone Alexander Graham Bell 1876
Television John Logie Baird 1926 (demonstration of moving object televised)
Transistor W.B. Shockley, John Bardeen and W.H. Brattain 1947
Tumblr David Karp 2007
Twitter Evan Williams and Biz Stone 2005
Typewriter William Burt 1829
Walkman Akio Morita 1979
YouTube Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim 2005

Go to our Inventions for kids page to see our full list of inventions and resources.

Print