16. Henry Ford
- Most Famous For Inventing: Model T, Affordable Mass Production
While Karl Benz invented the first automobile, Henry Ford and his Model T changed the industry forever. Ford made his automobiles at a reasonable price, making them affordable for the average person to own. His wild success could be why so many assume he invented the automobile. While he didn’t, he actually sponsored the making of the assembly line in his factories.
This was the first time the modern industrial form of the assembly line we know today was implemented, minus the machines. There were versions of it beforehand, but nothing to this scale. As a result of the assembly line, mass production became affordable for the industry for the first time. That, in turn, made it to where Ford could price the Model T at a lower cost.