35. Jerome H. Lemelson
- Most Famous For Inventing: Critical Parts Used In The Camera, Bar Coder, Telephones, & VCRs
We should note what several companies claimed about Jerome H. Lemelson, as well as some biographers. It is clear that he was a brilliant man, but he did not truly invent a lot. However, he was great at getting patents from the U.S. Government that could be just vague enough for him to claim he invented something. Lemelson invented parts. Some of which are critical to machines.
However, he did not invent the major machine that used some of his parts. As a result of this confusion, Lemelson pretty much lived in court as he sued consistently over tech he claimed had been copied. Lemelson had over 600 patents and is at least co-credited for the invention of many machines, so we felt compelled to add him due to this.