National Inventors Day – can you match the quotes?

President Ronald Reagan 1983 – “The Congress has designated February 11, as National Inventors’ Day in recognition of the enormous contribution inventors made to the nation and the world”.

Thomas Edison 1901

Observed on the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s birthday (1847), this day celebrates inventions such as, bobbin-free sewing machine (Beulah Henry), Velcro (George de Mestral), the television (John Logie Baird),  the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell), the first computer (Charles Babbage), hair products (Madam CJ Walker) and of course the phonograph and the electric light bulb (Thomas Edison).


Thanks to inventors we can be in contact with people all over the world, flick a switch and have light, use refrigeration to keep food from spoiling, stay dry under an umbrella, fly around the world…and watch television! Some inventions were as a result of pure luck, however, these amazing inventors knew what they had stumbled across. One such example is that of George de Mestral. Whilst walking in the woods, the burrs stuck on his clothes and his dog. From this he developed Velcro! 

See if you can match the quote to the amazing inventors below and then…what did they discover?

aMadam CJ WalkebHenry Bessemer cThomas Edison dRobert Koch eAlexander Graham Bell f. Charles Babbage

  1. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” 
  2. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them”.
  3. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”.
  4. “For one person who is blessed with the power of invention, many will always be found who have the capacity of applying principles.”
  5. “I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem in as much as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.”
  6. “If my efforts have led to greater success than usual, this is due, I believe, to the fact that during my wanderings in the field of medicine, I have strayed onto paths where the gold was still lying by the wayside. It takes a little luck to be able to distinguish gold from dross, but that is all.”

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