Mary Anderson

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Mary Anderson

Anderson was born in Greene County, Alabama near Tuscaloosa on February 19, 1866, to John C. and Rebecca Anderson. Mr. Anderson passed away when Mary was only four years old. Her mother, she, and her sister Fannie moved to Birmingham. Anderson left home in 1893 at age 27 to operate a cattle ranch and vineyard in Fresno, California, but returned home to care for her aunt. 60 years later, Anderson died on June 27, 1953 while at her summer home in Monteagle, Tennessee. Her legacy lives on as one of the most famous female inventors of all time.

The "LIGHTBULB" Moment

1866 - Birth1870 - Father dies1893 - Move to CA1903 - Visits NYCNovember 1903 - Granted U.S. patent number 743,801 for her novel windshield wiper1916 - Wipers become common1953 - Death

On a visit to New York City in the early 1900s, Mary Anderson noticed that all the drivers of the famous taxis began to stick their heads out of their windows because they lost visibility on the windshield due to a severe snowstorm. This made Ms. Anderson realize what a pain it was to drive a car in precipitation.

Lasting Impact

Because of Ms. Anderson, driving is safer and easier because drivers do not need to stick their heads out of the windows to drive during a storm of any kind.


Engel, KeriLynn. "Mary Anderson, Inventor - Amazing Women In History." Amazing Women In History. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2014. .Forbes, Dennis. "Tracking Innovation: Windshield Wipers." Inventors Eye. Office of Innovation Development, Feb. 2013. Web. 09 Oct. 2014. .Olive, J. Fred, III. "Related Links." Encyclopedia of Alabama: Mary Anderson. University of Alabama at Birmingham, 9 Mar. 2010. Web. 09 Oct. 2014. .

Mary Anderson



To sum it up...



In the future, cars may not need windshield wipers because of an advancement of the rain-x technology already used today. It is also possible cars may be driving themselves using sensors and the passengers wouldn't need to look out the windshield.


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