A selection of physically disabled inventors whose names were new to me but have changed the world we live in
May is National Inventor’s Month! And that inspired me to learn about some of the many scientists and inventors with disabilities. Some are well-known — Steven Hawking, Temple Grandin– while others are famous names whose disabilities I’d never heard a dang thing about (Isaac Newton had epilepsy?!). I learned how many truly incredible scientists have suffered vision or hearing loss… but as someone with invisible chronic pain, I decided that that was a bit out of my lane to focus on. That’s why I’ve put together a selection of physically disabled inventors whose names were completely new to me, but have nonetheless shaped the world we live in.