George Washington Carver's Inventions

By Sujith Pillai

Born as the son of slaves, buried next to Booker T Washington, hundreds of inventions in between - that summarizes the life of George Washington Carver.

Carver was born as the son of slave parents. He experienced the slave-life first-hand. No wonder that later in his life, he found that teaching the former slaves farming techniques was something which he enjoyed very much!

An eccentric but modest man, Carver was very much interested in botany and plants. He got a BS in agriculture in 1894 and an MS in agriculture in 1897. However, Carver is mainly known for his peanut inventions. He was almost maniacal in his support for peanuts! He has around 300 peanut related inventions to his credit. This includes wood stains, wall boards, cloth dyes, leather dyes, insulating boards, peanut flours, and peanut recipes, among other things.

Carver never used to write down information related to his inventions. It was all stored in his brain. And, he never wanted to profit from his inventions, apparently. Whenever someone asked him about his inventions, he was in the habit of saying that God gave the inventions to him. So, how could he think of selling them to someone else?

There is a story about Edison offering him a job with a salary of around $100,000. He refused to accept that job, and instead, went to Tuskegee and joined there - with a starting salary of about $1000 per year. Carver was extremely talented - at the 1893 World's Fair, he exhibited two of his paintings.

Towards the end of his career, Carver shared a lot of the information which he acquired (during the course of his research spanning decades) to the farmers through conferences and live simple demos.

He was a "people's man", until the very end. Fittingly, the area of Carver's childhood near Diamond Grove, Missouri has been preserved as a park, which is a national monument now.

You can read more about George Washington Carver's inventions at www.intellectualvillage.com/2007/07/12/inventions-patents/george-washington-carvers-inventions/. IntellectualVillage.com brings you interesting patents and inventions from all over the world. It also provides free resources for inventors.

 

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