Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, motion picture camera, and phonograph, was named the greatest innovator by the 2012 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index. Surprisingly Steve Jobs is number two, presumably for his work on the Apple II, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Edison received 52% of the votes in the Lemelson-MIT survey of 1,010 Americans ages 16 to 25, while Jobs garnered 24%. Mark Zuckerberg got 3% because, apparently, Farmville is just as important as the telephone in some circles. Understandably, among the respondents, 40 percent said they couldn’t imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet.
Leonardo da Vinci was a noticeable snub, to say the absolute least. The man only conceived the helicopter in the 1500s.