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Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby Odegard » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:17 am

I'm looking for information and inspiration. I'd be interested to hear: Who are the makers and hackers from history worthy of mention? Who resides in the Great Pantheon of the movement? Who would be enshrined in the virtual Hall of Makers, Hackers and Curious Craftsmen?

Here are a few names that come to mind as obvious choices:
    Leonardo
    Nikola Tesla
    Thomas Alva Edison
    Charles Babbage (and perhaps Ada Lovelace, as well)
    Alexander Graham Bell

Who would you add?
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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby paulsobczak » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:39 am

Yea, Lady Ada is in.

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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby swinkdaddy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:38 am

I'd add David Gingery
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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby darus67 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:41 pm

swinkdaddy wrote:I'd add David Gingery


Seconded!


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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby Orkraider » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:09 pm

Gingery is the man.

Alan Turing

and this guy is my hero: Richard Proenneke http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Proenneke
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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby cgallaty » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:13 pm

Grace Hopper should be in there. She rocked!
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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby swinkdaddy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:55 pm

here is one from left field: Burt Munro - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro awesome since he made new engine parts by casting and questionable metallurgy (40% ford piston, 20% dodge crankshaft, 20% chevy leaf spring). a true maker!
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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby wammie » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:21 pm

Serendipitous! Mr. Odegard, I was about to ask if you knew about Jacque Fresco. Being interested in artistic design, I'm sure you're familiar with him. He's a Renaissance Man of Leonardo's stature. Click the picture for his Wikipedia article.
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There is a fascinating documentary about him on streaming Netflix, Future by Design. Highly recommended!

Here are some of his engineering designs:
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Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby Odegard » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:29 pm

I'm glad my question has piqued some interest. I'm looking forward to reading snd hearing more about some of those folks. Here are some more of my personal hacker heroes:

Athanasius Kircher
Freeman Dyson
Buckminster Fuller
George Washington Carver
Steve Wozniak
Archimedes
Tycho Brahe
Alexander Calder




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Re: Maker / Hacker Heroes

Postby Luno » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:01 pm

No list of hacker heroes would be complete without Smokey Yunick. Not only did he invent things such as speed-proportional steering, he was always looking for a way to skirt, bend or even break the rules. Once he entered a car that was perfectly built at 7/8 scale - nobody could figure out why it was so fast until they took a measuring tape to the hood!
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