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An innovator in a general sense, is a person or an organization who is one of the first to introduce into reality something better than before. That opens up a new area for others and achieves an innovation.
Some people that are often called innovators include:
- Isaac Newton - pioneered classical mechanics
- Albert Einstein - pioneered Relativity
- Sir Richard Arkwright - credited for inventing spinning frame
- Wright Brothers - pioneered controlled flight
- Thomas Edison - developed the first economically feasible light bulb
- Dennis Ritchie - co-developer of the Unix operating system and authored the C programming language
- Karl Benz - developed the first automobile with internal combustion
- Henry Ford - pioneered mass-produced motor cars
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel - revolutionised public transport and engineering
- Nikola Tesla - pioneered the induction motor
- Robert H. Goddard - pioneered the liquid rocket engine
- Tim Berners Lee - invented the World Wide Web
- Benjamin Graham - economist and professional investor
- Woody Shaw - American trumpeter and composer referred to by NPR as "the last great trumpet innovator"
- "Tim Berners Lee - Time 100 People of the Century". Time Magazine. 29 March 1999. "He wove the World Wide Web and created a mass medium for the 21st century. The World Wide Web is Berners-Lee's alone. He designed it. He loosed it on the world. And he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, nonproprietary and free."
- West, Michael J. "Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator". NPR.