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Archimedes of Syracuse (287 BC 212 BC), Greek: is believed to setting enemy ships on fire using an array of mirrors; the Archimedes' screw, used for pumping water.

Gottfried Leibniz (1646 1716), German: introduced the "living force" (vis viva) concept which he defined as the product of the mass of an object and its velocity squared.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 1727), English: mechanics and gravitation.

Anders Celsius (1701 1744), Swedish: proposed the Celsius temperature scale in 1742.

James Watt (1736 1819), Scottish: improvements to the Newcomen steam engine.

Thomas Young (1773 1829), English: was possibly the first to use the term "energy" instead of vis viva, in its modern sense in 1807.

Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis (1792 1843), French: the first to coin the term "work" for the transfer of energy by a force acting through a distance and described "kinetic energy" in 1829 in its modern sense.

William Rankine (1820 1872), Scottish: coined the term "potential energy" in 1853.

Edwin Laurentine Drake (1819 1880), American: the first oil driller in the United States.

James Prescott Joule (18181889), English: First Law of Thermodynamics, Mechanical Equivalent of Heat.

Nikolaus Otto (1832 - 1891), German: inventor of the first internal-combustion engine to efficiently burn fuel directly in a piston chamber.

William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) (1824 1907), Irish-Scottish: formulated the first and second laws of thermodynamics.

Rudolf Diesel (1858 1913), German: invented the diesel engine in 1893.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847 1931), American: first power station; light bulb.

Nikola Tesla (1856 1943), Serbian-American: alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor.

Robert Goddard (1882 1945), American: the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, 1926.

Henry Ford (1863 1947), American: founder of Ford Motor Company; assembly line and mass production.

Albert Einstein (1879 1955), German-American: theorized that mass and energy are equivalent and interchangeable properties according to Einstein's famous formula: E=mc.

Frederick M. Jones (1893 1961), American: refrigeration improvements in transportation of perishable goods.

David Crosthwait (1898 1976), African-American: invented heating systems, refrigeration methods, temperature regulating devices, and vacuum pumps.

Louis Roberts (1913 - 1995), African-American: microwave technology.

Meredith C. Gourdine (1929 - 1998), African-American: converting low-grade coal into inexpensive, transportable and high-voltage electrical energy.


Energy for Kids
Energy Saver, Energy Today, and Energy Tomorrow - Energy.gov
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