Wrongly attributed inventions

1.  ????  invented the system (???? Alto personal computer) based on earlier work by Doug Engelbart and showed Apple.  It was not Microsoft.

2.  On 22 December 1895,  ???? saw a picture of his wife’s hand on a photographic plate formed due to X-rays.  It was not Edison.

3.  The first moving picture was filmed at the home of Joseph and Sarah Whitley, in Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England on October 14, 1888 and is attributed to ????.  It was not Edison.

4.  The earliest known working telescopes appeared in 1608 and are credited to ????.  It was not Galileo.

5.  In 1802,  ???? created the first incandescent light by passing the current through a thin strip of platinum, chosen because the metal had an extremely high melting point.  It was not Edison.

Answers: Xerox, Wilhelm Röntgen, Louis Le Prince, Hans Lippershey, Humphry Davy

4 comments for “Wrongly attributed inventions

  1. September 12, 2010 at 20:41

    Not good, just 2/5

  2. dearieme
    September 12, 2010 at 23:56

    Though a much more important figure, Edison is like Brunel in two ways. (1) Some of his big technological decisions were very poor. (2) He’s overrated.

  3. dearieme
    September 13, 2010 at 10:51

    I rather like this, but it’s hardly music for the evening.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQFJZYQvwQE&feature=related

  4. dearieme
    September 13, 2010 at 10:54

    This might suit an evening better.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzUAkfjDxG0&feature=fvw

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