Notable Inventions of the 1970s

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. 

1970: Relational database management system: Edgar F. Codd

1971: Space station: Kerim Kerimov

1971: E-mail: Ray Tomlinson

1971: Liquid Crystal Display: James Fergason

1971: Microprocessor: Federico Faggin and Marcian Hoff

1971: Pocket calculator: Sharp Corporation

1971: Magnetic resonance imaging: Raymond V. Damadian

1972: Computed tomography: Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield

1972: Artemether in China

1973: Hybrid rice in China

1973: Ethernet: Bob Metcalfe and David Boggs

1973: Genetically modified organism: Stanley Norman Cohen and Herbert Boyer

1973: Personal computer: Xerox PARC

1974: Microcredit: Muhammad Yunus

1974: Microfinance: Muhammad Yunus

1974: Rubik's Cube: Ernő Rubik

1974: Hybrid vehicle: Victor Wouk

1975: DNA sequencing by chain termination Frederick Sanger

1975: Digital camera: Steven Sasson

1976: Gore-Tex fabric: W. L. Gore

1977: Personal stereo: Andreas Pavel

1977: Mobile phone: Bell Labs

1978: Spreadsheet: Dan Bricklin


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