Microchip technology changed the world, spawned the electronic handheld calculator. The team of Jack Kilby, Jerry Merryman and James Van Tassel applied for a patent for the electronic handheld calculator in September 1967, revising it in 1971 and 1972 before the patent was granted in June 1974.
Eugene Polley’s wireless remote control is a modern-era institution. The Zenith Flash-Matic “makes me think maybe my life wasn’t wasted. Maybe I did something for humanity—like the guy who invented the flush toilet.” —Eugene Polley