39. Luther Burbank
- Most Famous For Inventing: Over 800 Strains & Varieties Of Plants
While on the surface, it may not seem like Luther Burbank should go down as one of the greatest inventors in world history, he most certainly is. Burbank was a botanist and horticulturist that is likely the most well-known pioneer of agricultural science. If it was not for Burbank, we would not have several vegetables and fruits many of us eat today.
The fact that he created over 800 strains and varieties of plants is impressive. He’s most known for the plumcot and his development of the spineless cactus. Yet he invented different varieties of blackberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches, pears, grapes, plums, prunes, figs, and more. In fact, he helped to develop many we eat around the world today.