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The Last Century

Updated on June 7, 2012

1912 - 2012

I think it safe to say that homo-sapiens have been around for a very long time. With that in mind, centuries to thousands of years of advancements can never amount to the last 100 years of science & technology. Sure we can argue or attest which era of mankind should be more glorified but with time comes advancing technology which rules by default. We've learned from ancient civilizations who studied the skies with their naked eyes. We've learned of rulers taking over continents to become king of all kings under their sword's wrath stacking gold as they tallied along. We've learned thousands of new trades and skills from the 8th to 19th century but they will never amount to what we've learned and taught within the Last Century. As a man of this generation to which I am honored to be a part of, I must say that we are living in the most productive age of improving the quality of living, learning and enjoying life. Let's take a look at some of science &, technology's greatest achievements from these last 100 years that helped us become better parents, soul-mates, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and so much more.

This story begins exactly 100 years ago in the leap year 1912.


Casimir Funk, a Polish biochemist had distinguishably identified vitamins and had invented the vitamin capsule as we know it today. The fact that we became healthier was such a vital role on our journey throughout the 20th century. Vitamins capsules were born and the concept of healthy living right along with it. (yet, the following year cigarettes were introduced by Camel)


February 13 - Copyright laws were introduced to the arts by the ASCAP which help many people to establish a name for themselves on paper. With these laws came a wealth of knowledge as publications of older literature predating copyright laws became public domain.

March 27 - Belgian surgeon Albert Hustin makes the 1st successful blood transfusion. The technology helped to establish a new quality of life


November 25 - The general theory of relativity is published by Albert Einstein.

Radio tuners are invented that received different stations.

1921: Artificial life begins -- the first robot was built.

1924: The loudspeaker invented by Rice & Kellogg.

1926: Robert H. Goddard invents liquid-fueled rockets.

1929: American, Paul Galvin invents the car radio.

1931: Harold Edgerton invented stop-action photography.

1932: Polaroid photography invented by Edwin Herbert Land.

Defibrillator invented by Dr. William Bennett Kouwenhoven

1933: Frequency modulation (FM radio) is invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong.

Stereo records invented and revolutionize the industry.

1937: Chester F. Carlson invents the photocopier.

1938: Nylon invented atE.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

1942: John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry built the first electronic digital computer.

1947: Mobile phones first invented.

1948 Leo Fender introduces electric guitar.

1951: Charles Ginsburg invented the first video tape recorder (VTR).

1953: The first musical synthesizer invented by RCA.

1954: The solar cell invented by Chaplin, Fuller and Pearson.

1957: Dr. Albert Sabin develops a polio vaccine and eventually eradicates it free of charge.

1958: The computer modem is invented.

1958 USA sends the Explorer I satellite into orbit.

1959: The internal pacemaker invented by Wilson Greatbatch.

Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce both invent the microchip

1962: The audio cassette invented.

1963: The video disk invented.

1964: Acrylic paint invented.

1965: Soft contact lenses invented.

NutraSweet invented.

Compact disk invented by James Russell.

1967: The first handheld calculator invented.

1968: The computer mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart.

1969: The arpanet (first internet) invented.

The artificial heart invented

The ATM invented.

The bar-code scanner

1971: VCR or videocassette invented.

1973: Gene splicing invented.

The ethernet (local computer network) invented by Robert Metcalfe and Xerox.

1975: The laser printer invented.

1976: The ink-jet printer invented.

1977: Magnetic resonance imaging invented by Raymond V. Damadian.

1978: Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston invented the VisiCalc spreadsheet.

The artificial heart Jarvik-7 invented by Robert K. Jarvik.

1979 Cell phones invented.

Cray supercomputer invented by Seymour Cray.

Walkman invented.

1984: The CD-ROM invented.

1985: Windows program invented by Microsoft.

1988: Digital cellular phones invented.

1989: High-definition television invented.

1990: The World Wide Web and Internet protocol (HTTP) and WWW language (HTML) created by Tim Berners-Lee.

1991: The digital answering machine invented.

1992: The smart pill invented.

1993: The pentium processor invented.

1995: The Java computer language invented.

DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) invented.

1996: Web TV invented.

1997: The gas-powered fuel cell invented.

2001: Artificial liver invented by Dr. Kenneth Matsumura and Alin Foundation.

Fuel cell bike invented by Aprilia.

2002: Nano-tex - nanotechnology wearable fabrics invented by Nano-tex LLC.

Solar Tower invented by Jorg Schlaich.

Virtual keyboard invented by Canesta and VKB.


Toyota's Hybrid Car

2004: Intel Express Chipsets created

2005: YouTube invented

2007: Apple introduces the Iphone

2008: TX Active is created

Camera pill is created


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      Felix J Hernandez 5 years ago from All over the USA

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      A long list that only covers such a small part of all the technology during the last 100 years. Amazing century. Enjoyable hub.