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The most important inventions are:

  • 1950: Credit card: Frank X. McNamara
  • 1951: Combined oral contraceptive pill: Djerassi, Miramontes, and Rosenkranz [88]
  • 1951: Nuclear power reactor: Walter Zinn
  • 1952: Optical fiber: Narinder Singh Kapany[89][90]
  • 1952: Hovercraft: Christopher Cockerell
  • 1958: Integrated circuit: Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, Robert Noyce at Fairchild Semiconductor
  • 1958: Communications satellite: Kenneth Masterman-Smith

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