The 11th of February is the National Inventors Day in the U.S.
For some time I have been putting together a list of Russian Inventors, scientists, and founders of known brands. I started compiling this list because I wanted to do an illustrated book about Russian inventors. For many reasons, my idea was short-lived, but I still have the list. Here are the 3 of the Inventors who were born in Russia and moved to live in the U.S. where they became famous for their inventions.
Aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky (1889 –1972).
Born in Russia, Sikorsky was an aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz, in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914.
Samuel Born was a Russian immigrant who moved to the U.S. in 1910. A few years later he invented a lollipop-making machine. The machine mechanically inserted sticks into lollipops.
To thank the ingenious candy maker for inventing the Born Sucker Machine, in 1916, San Francisco even granted Samuel Born the keys to the city. Samuel Born is also credited with inventing chocolate sprinkles, or jimmies, for ice cream cones.
GOOGLE inventor Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin (born in 1973) left Russia at the age of six to come to the U.S. together with his parents. In 1998, after becoming a computer scientist, with Larry Page, he co-founded Google, one of the most profitable Internet companies of all time.