Don’t you just hate it when someone else takes credit for your work? Well, you are not the only one! There are plenty of people out there who have had a lot worse. It turns out that our textbooks were sprinkled with lies. Educate yourself a little and make others acknowledge the true inventors of video games and monopoly.
- Theory of Relativity
Okay, so let’s start with Einstein first. He brought a revolution in physics with the introduction of The Theory of Relativity in 1905. It later became a base of modern GPS technology and even led to the inception of the atomic bomb. Though, it was James Clerk Maxwell, who came up with this theory in the 19th century. He was just not able to patent his research as he died unexpectedly when he was running in his late 40s.
SourceThe credit goes to Charles Darrow (an American salesman). It was later discovered that Monopoly was invented by Elizabeth Magie almost three decades before it became a household name. She was given a mere amount of $500 dollars for it.
SourceNo, Charles Darwin didn’t come up with the Theory of Evolution in 1859. It was Alfred Russel Wallace (Darwin’s friend), who first incepted this revolutionary idea.
- Video Games
SourceIt has been widely believed that Pong was the first commercially available Video Game. It was later discovered that Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann came up with their game “Tennis for Two” more than 20 years before the commercial release of Pong.
- Nuclear Fission
SourceIt has been believed that Otto Hahn implemented nuclear fission in 1938 with his breakthrough experiment. It was his student, Lise Meitner, who performed the experiment but wasn’t given the credit due to her Jewish ancestry.
SourceThe $10 billion industry has become a pop culture in Japan. Though its inventor, Daisuke Inoue never really got a credit for its invention. Why? Because he failed to apply for a patent!
- Digital Music Players
SourceIt is widely believed that MPMan F10 was the first digital music player that was commercially released in 1998. Nevertheless, Kane Kramer created the first advanced digital music player n 1979. The concept wasn’t commercially adopted because it seemed irrelevant at that time.
- DNA Helix
SourceWe have read in textbooks that DNA’s double helix structure was given by Watson and Crick (for which they even got a Noble Prize). It took Watson 40 years to admit that the discovery was made by their assistant Rosalind Franklin. Sadly, Rosalind died 4 years before they won the Noble Prize and is still known as “the dark lady of DNA”.
- Computer Programming
SourceIt was Ada Lovelace, who laid the foundation of computer programming in 1852. She collaborated with Charles Babbage, who proposed the idea of programming based on her work, without giving her any credit.
- Opioid Receptor
SourceIt was the first scientific invention that let doctors have a look at the human brain from the inside. It was originally invented by Candace Pert, but the credit was taken by her professor, Dr. Solomon Snyder. When she raised her voice against it, she got the reply, “this is how the game is played” by the committee.
Who knew modern science was filled with so many scandals? If you think someone else also took a credit for a leading breakthrough in science, let us know in the comments below.