36. Johannes Gutenberg
- Most Famous For Inventing: The Printing Press
Johannes Gutenberg ranks as one of the world’s greatest inventors mostly due to what his most famous invention actually did. For years, if you wanted a book, you had to be lucky to afford one. All copies of books even had to be written by hand. When Johannes Gutenberg came along, he used Ancient Chinese block printing concepts to invent the Printing Press.
This machine allowed books to be fully copied, with numerous of the same type being possible in days rather than weeks. In its early days, the Printing Press was most notable for making several copies of the Holy Bible, bringing the book to everyday people for the first time. Eventually, written media (newspapers) were possible due to Printing Press. That is why we often call the media, “The Press.”