Notable Inventions of the 1980s

Posted in Science

Dates for inventions are often controversial. Inventions are often invented by several inventors around the same time, or may be invented in an impractical form many years before another inventor improves the invention into a practical form. Where there is ambiguity, the date of the first working version of the invention is used here. 

1980: Compact Disk: Philips Electronics, Sony Corp

1981: Scanning tunneling microscope: Gerd Karl Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer

1982: Insulated gate bipolar transistor: Hans Becke and Carl Wheatley RCA

1982: ACE inhibitor: John R. Vane

1982: Artificial heart: Robert Jarvik, incorporating modifications to earlier experimental designs

1983: Camcorder: Sony

1983: Internet: first TCP/IP network: Robert E. Kahn, Vint Cerf and others

1984: Lithotripsy: Claude Dornier

1985: Polymerase chain reaction: Kary Mullis

1985: DNA fingerprinting: Alec Jeffreys

1986: Breadmaker

1987: Statin: Carl Hoffman

1987: Digital Light Processing: Dr. Larry Hornbeck, Texas Instruments  


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