Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs top young adult list of greatest innovators
A few weeks ago the Lemelson-MIT Program put a similar question to 1,000 young adults ages 16 to 25, and stodgy old purists can breathe a sigh of relief. Thomas Edison trumped everyone.
"Though part of the 'Apple Generation,' many young Americans surprisingly chose Thomas Edison (52%), as the greatest innovator of all time, demonstrating that education around the history of invention exists in today's curriculum," the organization wrote in a statement on its annual Lemelson-MIT Invention Index.
Still, nearly a quarter of respondents identified Steve Jobs as their first pick for greatest innovator, beating that old stalwart Alexander Graham Bell, who received just 10% of the votes.
Mark Zuckerberg made the list, although only 3% of respondents identified the Facebook founder as the world's greatest innovator. He tied with Amelia Earhart.
Bill Gates, however, was notably missing.
Image credit: From the Lemelson-MIT Program.