World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated every year on April 21. The aim of this day is to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. 

Creativity expresses itself in many ways, from artistic expression (music, drawing, dance, literature, etc….) to the discovery of solutions in many fields, whether scientific, economic, social or even sustainable development. 

To mark this day, Regimbeau would like to pay tribute to all the inventive minds who have shaped history with their inventions! 

New discoveries, revolutionary solutions, unique designs…   

Find out more about the inventors featured in the video: 

  • Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen: discovery of X-rays 
  • Louis Pasteur: inventor of pasteurization 
  • Marie Curie: discovery of the radioactive elements radium and polonium. 
  • Anthony Carlisle: decomposition of water by electric current 
  • Hermann Nernst: invention of the electric lamp with a metal filament. This lamp, which succeeded lamps with a carbon filament, was a precursor of today’s incandescent lamps. 
  • Fritz Haber: patented the synthesis of ammonia, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918. 
  • Rudolf Diesel: inventor of the internal combustion engine that bears his name, designed not to run on diesel but on vegetable oils. 
  • Gutenberg: inventor of movable type printing. 
  • Louis Cartier: inventor of the modern wristwatch. 
  • Joseph & Étienne de Montgolfier: invention of the hot-air balloon in 1783. 
  • Albert Einsitein: theorized the interchangeability of energy and mass, invented the ultrasensitive voltmeter, special relativity, Avogadro’s number, 
  • Louis & Auguste Lumières: invention of the cinematograph. 
  • Karl Ereky: founding father of biotechnology. 
  • Antoine lavoisier: discovery of oxidation. 
  • Gabriel Fahrenheit: invention of the modern mercury thermometer. 
  • Ibn al-Haytham: It was in the Middle Ages, in Arab-Muslim societies, that a new concept emerged: the light beam is independent of the human eye. The great Arab scholar in this field was Ibn al-Haytham, better known as Alhazen. He has been called the “father of optics”. He habitually confirmed his hypotheses through experimentation, making him a forerunner in the application of the scientific method.  
  • Katherine Johnson: She’s one of the scientists behind the equations describing the trajectory of an orbital space flight. Indispensable for bringing the first men to land on the moon back to Earth! 
  • Ada Lovelace: pioneer of computer science, known for having produced the first real computer program, while working on an ancestor of the computer: Charles Babbage’s analytical machine. 
  • Grace Hopper: computer scientist who led to the invention of the first compiler and the creation of the Cobol language. 
  • Claude Beck: pioneering cardiac surgeon, famous for innovating various cardiac surgery techniques and performing the first defibrillation in 1947. 
  • Hedy Lamarr: During the Second World War, she devised a device to help the Allies during naval battles. She imagined a system in which the torpedo’s transmitter and receiver would continually change radio frequencies to prevent hacking by the German army. She invented frequency hopping. Today, this device is at the origin of wifi and Bluetooth. 
  • Louis Braille: inventor of Braille, a universal writing system for the visually impaired 
  • René Laënnec: inventor of the first stethoscope. 
  • Granville T. Woods: This African-American inventor holds more than 50 patents! An engineer, he was instrumental in improving the railroad and communication between stations thanks to “Telegraphony”. He also invented the steam boiler furnace, the electric railroad, the automatic air brake, the telephone transmitter, the electromechanical brake, railway telegraphy, the induction telegraph system, the overhead control system for electric railroads, tunnel construction for electric railroads, the electrifying battery and the parabolic antenna!  
  • Buckminster Fuller: American architect, inventor, designer and futurist best known for his invention of the geodesic dome. Fuller also invented the Dymaxion car, a lightweight, aerodynamic and fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle. He also designed a number of other structures, including the Dymaxion House, a prefabricated house that was built in the 1930s. 
  • Elisabeth Magie: inventor of the world-famous board game Monopoly. 
  • Anthony Bajada: inventor of the can
  • Nicolas Appert: inventor of appertization, a method of preserving food by heat sterilization in hermetically sealed containers, more commonly known as canning. 
  • Eileen Gray: Irish designer and architect. She is best known for incorporating luxurious lacquer finishes on Art Deco furniture, then moving on to International Style tubular steel furniture in the 1920s. In the architectural field, she is famous for creating Villa E-1027 (1929) with Jean Badovici, a free interpretation of modernist architecture.