40. Alfred Nobel
- Most Famous For Inventing: Dynamite, Nobel Prize
Alfred Nobel is one of the greatest inventors in world history due to his invention of dynamite. Nobel actually has 335 patents in total for numerous other inventions. Dynamite, however, remains the most popular. He never realized how much his invention would negatively impact the planet, however.
This came to a head when he read a premature obituary in his local newspaper that condemned him for profiting off the sale of arms. As a result, he wanted to bring some level of good to the world. He left his entire fortune to an annual award system that rewarded people for doing great things. We know it today as the Nobel Prize, which is awarded annually in various categories. However, with the most prominent being the Peace Prize.