Many people believe, one of the surest ways to become rich is to be an inventor. And indeed many inventors have managed to collect personal wealth by selling their ingenuity.
But not all inventors like that. In fact, some inventors end up empty handed from the hard work they do. That is due to various reasons, such as not having the capital to produce their findings, their ideas or concepts stolen before they can take a stand.
Well, here you will be met with 6 people who have genius but do not produce anything in the form of material. So make sure you read it to the end, huh.
1. Tim Berners-Lee
Without the discovery of Tim Berners-Lee, you might not read this article. Why? While working at CERN in the late 1980s, he wrote a proposal for a method of sharing hypertext documents over the Internet, creating what we know as the World Wide Web.
The website network has changed the way of life in the modern world, but unfortunately, Berners-Lee did not patent the concept. Instead, he released the protocol into practice, and not long before everyone used it.
He worked on the project with totality, even without a penny, and he eventually became a member of the Order of the United Kingdom in 2004.
2. Ron Klein
Ron Klein is one of the inventors in the development of modern capitalism. He found the magnetic stripe behind a credit or debit card as a scanning tool to withdraw money. The technology created by Klein was the same as the reel-to-reel tape recorder. However, he never patented the idea of the magnetic stripe, so his discovery was stolen by almost many companies.
3. John Walker
The idea of wood lighters was actually created in 1824 by an English chemist named John Walker. This discovery is created by accident, when sulfur paste is scratched on a rough surface and emits fire. However, Walker refused to patent his invention because he was worried about the security of his invention.
4. Daisuke Inoue
Karoke became a modern industry that benefited many entrepreneurs, but it was very sad when a man who had the concept and built the first karaoke machine turned out to never produce a penny from his invention.
DaisukeInoue was a drummer in a Japanese bar band, one day a man asked him to record a backing track so he could sing without a band, and karaoke was born.
In 1971, Inoue produced eleven Juke 8 units, a standalone machine with an 8-track cassette player, microphone and coin slot. He never patented his idea, and soon the more sophisticated karaoke machines circulated in Tokyo.
5. Nick Holonyak, Jr.
Nick Holonyak is an engineer at General Electric. He works with a group to get a diode to produce visible light. Holonyak suggested mixing gallium arsenide and gallium phosphide, but the idea was actually ridiculed by chemists.
But thanks to that idea, the LED era was born. But Holonyak did not stop there, he worked at the University of Indiana to develop several other colored LEDs and the first quantum well laser (the type used in CD players). And the incandescent lamp finally circulated widely, even though he didn’t get royalties for every LED light bulb that everyone bought.