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Inventors at Work: The Minds and Motivation Behind Modern Inventions by Brett Stern

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Lonnie Johnson

Engineer

Johnson Research & Development, Inc.

Dr. Lonnie Johnson is a bona fide “rocket scientist” with a mission to save our planet from the consequences of continued dependence on petroleum. Although he has devoted his life to solving some of the world’s most complex technological problems, he is best known for his widely popular invention, the Super Soaker water gun. Dr. Johnson is a prolific inventor and holds more than 100 patents, the vast majority of which are energy-related.

In 2011, Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame by the state of Alabama, becoming the first African American to obtain this honor ...

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