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Will Allen

Will Allen

Champion of Urban Farming, Entrepreneur

CEO of Growing Power, supporting people by providing access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food.

 
Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Chairperson, Mozilla Foundation

Baker led the release of the Firefox browser and other end-user products.

 
George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Agricultural Scientist, Social Activist

Carver believed there could be a mutually profitable relationship between agriculture and manufacturing.

 
Don Chadwick

Don Chadwick

Product Designer

Chadwick is an award-winning industrial designer who, along with Bill Stumpf, designed the Aeron Chair.

 
Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

Prolific Inventor, Change Agent

Thomas Edison is one of the most prolific inventors who ever lived. His breakthroughs have had a profound effect on virtually every aspect of daily life.

 
Charles Elachi

Charles Elachi

Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Teacher, Space Explorer

Charles Elachi directs team of scientists exploring the universe with optimism, passion, and a sense of fun.

 
Henry Ford

Henry Ford

Founder, Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford's innovations, such as the Model T and the development of the modern assembly line, revolutionized the way the world travels.

 
Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller

Visionary Thinker, Serial Entrepreneur

For Buckminster Fuller, the answer was usually yes—though not necessarily as planned or envisioned.

 
Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Software Icon, Philanthropist

Computer geeks everywhere can look to Bill Gates as a role model. The phenomenal success of Microsoft, the company he founded, helped to turn the software engineer into a new kind of cultural hero.

 
Dan Gurney

Dan Gurney

Racing Champion, LeMans Winner, Team Owner

Dan Gurney discovered auto racing as a teenager in southern California and he never looked back.

 
Jim Hall

Jim Hall

Founder of Chaparral Cars, Racecar Driver, Engineer

Hall was one of the first to properly utilize vertical aerodynamic downforce on racecars.

 
Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen

Inventor, Humanitarian

Discover how this prolific inventor creates with his own unique palette of mathematics and machines.

 
William McDonough

William McDonough

Architect & Designer

McDonough is best known as a pioneer in the green design movement, creating buildings, designs, and strategies that are "environmentally intelligent."

 
Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe

Venture Capitalist, Inventor of Ethernet, Pundit and Provocateur

In the early days of Silicon Valley, Bob Metcalfe developed Ethernet, the standard for networking as we know it today.

 
Gordon Moore

Gordon Moore

Chemist, Co-Founder Intel Corporation, Author of Moore's Law

Under Gordon Moore's guidance, Intel produced the world's first microprocessor.

 
Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori

Architect

Mori is an architect and educator, who is renowned for her research-based approach to design and architecture.

 
Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Founder, PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors & Solar City

From his early days teaching himself to program computers, Elon Musk has worked to improve the quality of life for everyone through technology.

 
Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar

Founder, eBay & Omidyar Network

The work of Omidyar was one of the driving forces behind the rise of the Internet as a consumer, community, and cultural destination.

 
Stan Ovshinsky

Stan Ovshinsky

Visionary of Solar-Hydrogen-Based Economy

Ovshinsky, together with his wife, Iris, developed an array of energy and information-related inventions that have advanced technologies and industries.

 
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Civil Rights Hero

Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger awakened people everywhere to see how the world could be different.

 
       
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