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The following is a list of significant men and women known in history for being the father, mother, or considered the founders of something, listed by category. In some fields the title of being the "father" is debatable.


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Danish painting Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard[1]
Oil painting Jan van Eyck[2] For experimenting with the medium to remarkable effect


Main article: Church Fathers


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Communism Karl Marx[citation needed]
Friedrich Engels
David Ricardo[3]
Economics (early) Ibn Khaldun[4] Publication: Muqaddimah (1370)
Economics (modern) Adam Smith[5] Publication: The Wealth of Nations (1776)
International finance Mayer Amschel Rothschild[6]
Modern portfolio theory Harry Markowitz[7]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Miniature wargaming H.G. Wells[8]
Role-playing games Gary Gygax[9] Creator of Dungeons & Dragons
Wargaming Charles S. Roberts[10]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
American folklore Richard Dorson[11]
Anthropology Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī[12][13]
Demography Ibn Khaldun[14] Muqaddimah (Prolegomena) (1377)
Egyptology Father Athanasius Kircher[15]

Jean-François Champollion[citation needed]

First to identify the phoenetic importance of the hieroglyph, and he demonstrated Coptic as a vestige of early Egyptian, before the Rosetta stone's discovery.
Translated parts of the Rosetta Stone.
Indology Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī[16] Wrote the Indica and Critical study of what India says
Informatics Pāṇini[17] Wrote the Ashtadhyayi
Microcredit Muhammad Yunus[18] Founded Grameen Bank
Political science (modern) Niccolò Machiavelli[19] Discussion of and concern with how people actually behave, as opposed to how people should behave.
Sociology Ibn Khaldun[14][20]
Auguste Comte[21]
Wrote the first sociological book, the Muqaddimah (Prolegomena).
Introduced the scientific method into sociology.


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Ecclesiastical History Eusebius of Caesarea[22] Because of his work in recording the history of the early Christian church
French history André Duchesne[22]
Historiography Ibn Khaldun[23] Muqaddimah (Prolegomena) (1377)
History Herodotus[24][25]
The Histories
History of the Peloponnesian War
History of science George Sarton[26] Founded Isis (1912) and wrote Introduction to the History of Science (1927)
Modern history Leonardo Bruni[27]
Philosophy of history Ibn Khaldun[20] Muqaddimah (Prolegomena) (1377)

Language and literature[edit]

Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
American literature Mark Twain[28]
English literature Geoffrey Chaucer[29]
English poetry Geoffrey Chaucer[22]
Epic poetry Homer[25][22]
Finnish written language Mikael Agricola[30]
German Literature Gotthold Ephraim Lessing[22]
Grammar Pāṇini[31] Wrote the Ashtadhyayi
Greek Tragedy Aeschylus[22]
Letters (messages) Francis I of France[22]
Linguistics (early) Pāṇini[32] Wrote the Ashtadhyayi
Linguistics (modern) Noam Chomsky[33][34]
Modern fantasy literature J. R. R. Tolkien[35]
Novel Homer[36]
Science fiction Lucian of Samosata[37]

Jules Verne[38][39]

HG Wells[38][39]

Science fiction magazine Hugo Gernsback[40][39]
Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq[41]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
European patent law Kurt Haertel[42] [43]
International Law Francisco de Vitoria[44]
Hugo Grotius[citation needed]
For speculating on human rights and the proper relations that ought to exist between nations
United States Constitution James Madison[45]



Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Atomic bomb Robert Oppenheimer.[46]
Leó Szilárd[47]
Blitzkrieg Heinz Guderian[citation needed]
Hydrogen bomb Edward Teller[48]
Atomic submarine and "nuclear navy" Hyman G. Rickover[49] [50] [51]
Fourth Generation Warfare William S. Lind[citation needed]
Military strategy Hannibal[52] Pioneered double envelopement manoeuver at Battle of Cannae
The Soviet Union's hydrogen bomb Andrei Sakharov[53]
United States Navy John Paul Jones[54]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Ambient music Erik Satie[55]
American piano manufacture Jonas Chickering[56]
Blues Ma Rainey[57]
Bluegrass music Bill Monroe[58]
Chicago blues / electric blues Muddy Waters[59]
Country music Jimmie Rodgers[60][61][62]
English Cathedral Music Thomas Tallis[22]
Funk George Clinton ("Godfather of Funk")[63]
Greek music Terpander[22]
Grunge Kurt Cobain[64]
Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne ("Godfather of Metal")[65]
Punk rock Patti Smith ("Godmother of Punk")[66]
Jazz Buddy Bolden[67]
Jelly Roll Morton[68]
Theodore August Metz[69]
modern jazz piano Earl "Fatha" Hines[70]
Soul music James Brown (godfather)[71]
Symphony and string quartet Joseph Haydn[72][73][74]

Philosophy and religion[edit]

Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Anarchism Mikhail Bakunin[75]
Behaviorism John B. Watson[76]
Existentialism Søren Kierkegaard[77]
Feminism Mary Wollstonecraft[78][79]
Faith missions Anthony Norris Groves[80]
Humanism Petrarch[81][82]
Logical positivism Moritz Schlick[83]
Methodism John Wesley[84]
Moral Philosophy Thomas Aquinas[22]
Protestantism (Lutheranism) Martin Luther[85]
Thomism Thomas Aquinas[22]
Zionism Theodor Herzl[86]



Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Angling Izaak Walton[22] author of The Compleat Angler
Baseball Henry Chadwick[87][88][89][90]
Canadian rodeo O. Raymond Knight[91]
Karting Art Ingels[92] Developed the world's first kart (1956)
lacrosse William George Beers[93][94][95][96]
Modern Boxing James J. Corbett[citation needed]
modern sabre fencing Italo Santelli[97]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
Aerodynamics (modern) Nikolai Zhukovsky Founding father of modern Aerodynamics. The first to undertake the study of airflow. He established the world's first Aerodynamic Institute. The first to explaine the origin of aerodynamic lift
Air conditioning Willis Carrier [98]
Architecture Imhotep[99] Built the first pyramid
Astronautics Robert H. Goddard[100]
Hermann Oberth[101]
Aviation Father Francesco Lana-Terzi[102] Book: Prodromo alla Arte Maestra (1670). First to describe the geometry and physics of a flying vessel.
Compact Disc Kees Immink[103]
Computing Charles Babbage[104] Inventor of the Analytical Engine which was never constructed in his lifetime.
Computer Andre Truong Trong Thi

Konrad Zuse[105] Alan Turing[106] John von Neumann[107] John V. Atanasoff[108]

Father of the personal computer.
Invented world's first functional program-controlled computer.
Was a secret code breaker during WWII and invented the Turing machine (1936)
Became "intrigued" with Turing's universal machine and later emphasised the importance of the stored-program concept for electronic computing (1945), including the possibility of allowing the machine to modify its own program in useful ways while running
Invented the digital computer in the 1930s
Computer Program Ada Lovelace[109] Recognized by historians as the writer of the world's first computer program which was for the Charles Babbage Analytical Engine, but was never complete within either her or his lifetime.
Cosmonautics Konstantin Tsiolkovsky[110]
Cybernetics Norbert Wiener[111][112]
Engineering (modern) Al-Jazari[113] Invented devices fundamental to modern engineering, including the crankshaft, connecting rod, reciprocating piston suction pump, valve, combination lock, etc.
Ekranoplan Rostislav Alexeev
Helicopter Igor Sikorsky [114] Invented the first successful helicopter, upon which further designs were based.
Internet Vinton Cerf[115][116][117]
Robert E. Kahn[118]
Japanese television Kenjiro Takayanagi[119][120]
Jet engine Frank Whittle[121][122]
Lightning prediction system Alexander Stepanovich Popov The first lightning prediction system, the Lightning detector, was invented in 1894 by Alexander Stepanovich Popov. It also was the first Radio receiver in the world.
Marine chronometer John Harrison[123]
Pentium microprocessor Vinod Dham[124][125]
Perfumery[126] Al-Kindi (Alkindus) Founded the perfume industry.
Personal computer Steve Wozniak[127]
Photography Louis Daguerre[128]
Nicéphore Niépce[129]
William Henry Fox Talbot[130]
Thomas Wedgwood[131]
Programmable logic controller Dick Morley[citation needed]
Radio Alexander Stepanovich Popov [132]
Lee De Forest[133][134][135]
Guglielmo Marconi[136]
Jagdish Chandra Bose[137]
Nikola Tesla[138]
The research of these pioneers led to the development of the radio
Radio (Radio broadcasting) Reginald Fessenden[citation needed]
David Sarnoff[citation needed]
Radio (FM radio) Edwin H. Armstrong[citation needed] Obtained the first FCC license to operate an FM station in Alpine, New Jersey at approximately 50 megahertz (1939)
radiotelephony Reginald Fessenden[139][140]
Robotics Al-Jazari[141] Invented the first programmable humanoid robot.
SGML Charles Goldfarb[142]
Telephone Antonio Meucci [143],

Alexander Graham Bell[144]

See Invention of the telephone
Television Philo T. Farnsworth[145],

Vladimir Zworykin[146], [147]

Co-Inventors of the Electronic Television. Farnsworth invented the Image dissector while Zworykin created the Iconoscope, both fully electronic forms of Television.
Tokamak Lev Artsimovich
World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee[148]
Visual Basic Alan Cooper[149]
XML Jon Bosak[150]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
American Interstate Highway System Dwight D. Eisenhower[151]
Route 66 Cyrus Avery[152]
Traffic safety William Phelps Eno[153]
Yellow school bus Frank W. Cyr[154]


Subject Father / Mother of ... Reason
American political cartoon Thomas Nast[155]
Baby carrot Mike Yurosek[156]
Clyde shipbuilding Robert Napier[157]
California cuisine Alice Waters[158]
Europe Benedict of Nursia[44]
International folk dance
in the United States
Vytautas Beliajus[159]
LSD Albert Hofmann[160]
"gravity" (the rollercoaster) LaMarcus Adna Thompson[161]
Green revolution Norman Borlaug[citation needed]
Modern improv comedy Del Close[162]
Pokémon Tsunekazu Ishihara[163]
public-access television George C. Stoney[164]
public relations Edward Bernays[165]
Ivy Lee[166]
UN peacekeeping Lester B. Pearson[167]

See also[edit]


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    Carey (the passage to be looked up later) therefore denounces him as the father of communism.

    “Mr. Ricardo’s system is one of discords …its whole tends to the production of hostility among classes and nations… His hook is the true manual of the demagogue, who seeks power by means of agrarianism, war, and plunder.” (H. C. Carey, The Past, the Present, and the Future, Philadelphia, 1848, pp. 74–75.)

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  103. ^ Untitled Document
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  115. ^ Gore Deserves Internet Credit, Some Say, a March 1999 Washington Post article
  116. ^ Making Televised Emergency Information Accessible from the Gallaudet University website
  117. ^ Although its a title he objects to (see Interview with Vinton Cerf, from a January 2006 article in Government Computer News), Cerf is willing to call himself one of the Internet's fathers, citing Bob Kahn in particularly as being someone with whom he should share that title.
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