Steampunk Rally inventor stretch-goal geeklist!
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This contest is now over!


We currently have five special bonus inventors as stretch goals. One is a dashing young Albert Einstein, but we haven’t decided on the other 4, and we want your help with that!

We are looking specifically for awesome men and women (emphasis on WOMEN) from the turn of the last Century or the Victorian Era. Ideally we want figures who were involved with science/technology/invention, but we might bend on that if you bring us someone super-awesome.

The 3 most voted for women posted, and the most popular male will be our new stretch goal Inventors!

Posting Rules:
• One post per BGG User
• Please only reference one person in history (you get one choice so choose wisely)
• Please provide 1-2 paragraphs max regarding the person's history
• Provide a sentence as to why you think they are awesome.

Voting:
• Vote on as many as you want by clicking the thumb button!

End Date:
• Winners will be selected as new stretch goals are unlocked.

Winners:
• Ada Lovelace is our first winner, who was chosen due to our 400 Facebook like stretch goal being acquired!
• Margaret E Knight, who was chosen due to our 800 Facebook likes stretch goal being unlocked!
• Alexander Graham Bell, who was chosen due to us unlocking the $46,000 stretch goal!
• Lise Meitner, who was chosen due to us unlocking the $53,000 stretch goal!
• Sakichi Toyoda, who was chosen due to us unlocking the $69,000 stretch goal!
• Elijah McCoy, who was chosen as a thank you to everyone when we reached 1000 backers!
• Santos-Dumont, who was chosen when we hit the $106,000 stretch goal!
• Hertha Ayrton, who was chosen when we hit the $120,000 stretch goal!
• Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was chosen when we hit the $135,000 stretch goal!

We are now locking the roster at 16 total inventors!

Check out the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66958057/steampunk-rall...
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1. Board Game: Mage Knight [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3438]
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Margaret E Knight (1838 - 1914) was an American inventor.

Despite being poor and working at a factory, she invented several practical things already in her childhood. Best known for her machine for producing these brown grocery paper bags - still in use today, in 1868.

"Due to her poverty and lowly status it took Mattie 3 years to take her idea (for a bag folding machine) from prototype to the patent office. In this time another inventor, Charles Annan, deceptively spied on her work, stole her designs and filed a patent in his own name for her inventions. Mattie found out and took him to court, fortunately her drawings, diary entries, paper cuttings and knowledge proved him wrong and Knight was eventually awarded the patent for her designs in 1871.

She held 87 US patents and never got married.

Steampunk heroine and best bet for winning a steamy mechanism rally!



Improved bag-machine - very steampunk, I guess


The original prototype at the Smithsonian - yes! brass gears!
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2. Board Game: The Telephone Game [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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My vote is for Alexander Graham Bell.

(From wikipedia) Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.

Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.

Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society

I think he's awesome because we still use his inventions today, and it would be difficult to imagine a world without them. His work was motivated by compassion for the handicapped, and it brought the world closer together in ways that were previously unimaginable.

Plus he's Scottish.

And has an epic beard.



Call up your family, tell them that you love them, and then vote for Alexander Graham Bell!
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3. Board Game: c-jump Computer Programming Board Game [Average Rating:2.98 Unranked]
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How about Ada Lovelace?

she was the daughter of Lord Byron, and worked with Charles Babbage on how to use the first clockwork computer. She wrote the world's first computer program.

Criminally overlooked by History she escaped from her father's shadow and prejudice to start the ball rolling on one of the most important disciplines in the modern world.

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4. Board Game: Dizzy Dryer [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Curtis Bensmiller
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Calgary
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Josephine Garis Cochrane (March 8, 1839, Ashtabula County, Ohio - August 3, 1913) made the first practical mechanical dishwasher in 1886, in Shelbyville, Illinois, although a washing machine device was patented in 1850 by Joel Houghton.

Cochrane was a rich woman who hosted frequent dinner parties. She did not do any of the dishes herself because she had servants to do that for her, but she wanted a machine that could do the job faster without chipping any dishes. No one had invented such a machine so she built one herself. She is said to have exclaimed, "If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I'll do it myself!"[5] First she measured the dishes. Then she built wire compartments, each specially designed to fit either plates, cups, or saucers. The compartments were placed inside a wheel that lay flat inside a copper boiler. A motor turned the wheel while hot soapy water squirted up from the bottom of the boiler and rained down on the dishes. Her friends were very impressed and had her make dishwashing machines for them, calling them the "Cochrane Dishwasher".

The word was spread and soon, Cochrane was getting orders for her dishwashing machine from restaurants and hotels in Illinois. She patented her design and went into production. She showed her invention at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and won the highest prize for "best mechanical construction, durability and adaptation to its line of work". She started the Garis-Cochran Manufacturing Company, which became part of KitchenAid, which became part of Whirlpool.
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5. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:594]
Alvaro Llonch
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Amelia Earhart (July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937)


She was an American aviator and author, as well as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

Alas, she mysteriously disappeared when attempting a circumnavigational flight of the globe, and to this day it's uncertain what happened to her. Maybe she joined the Steampunk Rally?

She may not be an inventor or scientist of any kind, but she sure as hell would fit in a race such as this one, where wheels aren't even required!
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6. Board Game: Fission [Average Rating:4.84 Unranked]
Marc Figueras

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What about...

Lise Meitner (1878-1968)



She was an Austrian physicist, codiscoverer of the nuclear fission with Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann. Both men received the Nobel Prize for the discovery, but not Lise (!!). Citing from Wiki: "Meitner is often mentioned as one of the most glaring examples of women's scientific achievement overlooked by the Nobel committee.". Let's not overlook her in this game!

And don't forget that element 109 bears her name: meitnerium. You already have in the game Einstein (einstenium, 99) and Curie (curium, 96), so you need another character whose name appears in the periodic table

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7. Board Game: Mathematical Dice [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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As a mathematician, I simply have to nominate Emmy Noether



Emmy Noether (23 March 1882 – 14 April 1935), was an influential German mathematician known for her groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. Described by Albert Einstein and others as the most important woman in the history of mathematics, she revolutionized the theories of rings, fields, and algebras. She was born to a Jewish family in the Bavarian town of Erlangen but faced discrimination at every turn in her pursuit of mathematical discovery.

Noether's mathematical work has been divided into three "epochs". In the first (1908–19), she made significant contributions to the theories of algebraic invariants and number fields. Her work on differential invariants in the calculus of variations, Noether's theorem, has been called "one of the most important mathematical theorems ever proved in guiding the development of modern physics". In the second epoch (1920–26), she began work that "changed the face of [abstract] algebra". In the third epoch (1927–35), she published major works on noncommutative algebras and hypercomplex numbers and united the representation theory of groups with the theory of modules and ideals. In addition to her own publications, Noether was generous with her ideas and is credited with several lines of research published by other mathematicians, even in fields far removed from her main work, such as algebraic topology.

My take: A mathematical genius would make a perfect addition to the game. She would carefully calculate how to destroy her opponents and win the race. Her history shows a massive dose of perseverance as she constantly fought against the backlash she encountered because she was a woman.
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8. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:159]
Jason Miller
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Mary Shelley

Listen, if I have to give people an explanation of both who this woman is and why she needs to be involved in a game of creation, invention and sheer awesomeness, I don't think I want to know those people.

But, seriously, the creator of friggin' Frankenstein's monster, Adam, NEEDS to be in this game.
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9. Board Game: The Landlord's Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Roy Romasanta
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San Francisco
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My nomination/vote is for Elizabeth Magie.


Elizabeth Magie, Monopoly: Charles Darrow, an unemployed heating salesman, traditionally gets credit for America's favorite homage to extortionist landlords. But as PBS discovered in 2004, the board game actually had its start nearly three decades earlier when Magie, an acolyte of the economist Henry George, secured to the patent to The Landlord's Game. For her efforts in creating the country's most popular board game she received just $500 from Parker Brothers.


Back when games were patented...



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10. Board Game: Dominion: Alchemy [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
Ben Tsui
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Irene Joliot-Curie



When you ask someone about the Curies, most will tell you about Marie Curie. Some will tell you about Pierre Curie. However, we often forget that their daughter, Irene Curie, was also an important figure in science.

Irene and her husband, Frederic, studied the atomic nuclei. They were able to identify the positron and neutron, but failed to interpret their significance (and thus later claimed by others). However, she made her mark in history by being able to do what alchemists had dreamt of for centuries: to turn an element into another. She was able to create radioactive nitrogen from Boron, silicon from magnesium, and phosphorous from aluminum.

With that discovery, people are now able to create artificial radioactive material. One might recall that one of the most important scientific advancement from her mother, Marie Curie, was the application of radioactive material in medicine. The daughter, has now found a way to create these material cheaper, faster, and in higher quantity than before.

She would go on and win the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, share with her husband, for the discovery of artificial radioactivity.
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11. Board Game: Mad Zeppelin [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:13155]
Rob Mitchell
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Hertha Ayrton (1854 - 1923)

Hertha Ayrton was an English engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor.

Hertha's first invention was a mathematical divider, a predecessor to the scale rulers of today. Her most important work was the improvement of electric arc lighting. She discovered that the reason for the constant hissing and flickering of the first electric arc lights was due to oxygen coming into contact with the carbon rods used to create the arc. This discovery lead to her being the first woman ever to present a paper to the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and later became their first female member. Hertha registered 26 patents in her lifetime e ranging from arc lamps to electrodes to air propulsion.
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12. Board Game: ATS TT: LZ X-Ray [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Colin Gillespie
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Wilhelm Rontgen, german physicist and discoverer of X-rays. Won the Nobel Prize in 1901, Roentgenium element #111 is named after him, and he refused to patent his discovery so that all mankind could benefit.



Also, since I can only put forth one name, here are some alternates for others to put forward:
-George Eastman, innovator in photography and founder of the Eastman Kodak company
-Alfred Nobel, inventor of Dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prize
-Louis Pasteur, Microbiologist and inventor of pasteurization
-Any number of the automobile inventors, including but not limited to: Karl Benz, Gottleib Daimler, Henry Ford, Rudolf Diesel, etc.
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13. Board Game: Victoria Cross [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:3284]
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Queen Victoria



Because, sometimes, the Queen needs to get down and dirty...

This could be her chance to show everyone why she rules an Empire upon which the sun never sets!
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14. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1818]
Chris Ranger
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Ida Himmer (1857 - 1898)
She is credited and patented with the electric battery and clockwork improvements to batteries and electric-clocks.

Battery and Clockwork components who better to include as a Steampunk inventor

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15. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.10 Overall Rank:13952]
Paul Saxberg
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Rube Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970)



On researching Mr. Goldberg, I find that while he was an inventor and engineer, he was far more famous for his cartoons - but that the tendency for complex, intricate machines in those cartoons is what he is still famous for today. Even now, if someone refers to a "Rube Goldberg Machine", you know exactly what they are talking about - and the interconnected grid of devices that players create in Steampunk Rally can truly be described in such a fashion.

(Props to everybody who has submitted females. My favourites are already on the above list. )

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg
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16. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:499]
Daryl Andrews
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Kitchener
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Joan Clarke

- (1917–1996) was an English cryptanalyst who worked as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II.
- basically the only women on the Hut 8 team that invented the computer with Alan Turing.

**Influenced by the film The Imitation Game (featuring Keira Knightly playing Joan Clarke)
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17. Board Game: Mad Scientist [Average Rating:4.29 Overall Rank:13671]
Jonathan Osborne
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George Pullman (1831-1897)




George Pullman raised Chicago from the muck, literally.

In 1855, the city established a new sewer system, but in order for it to drain into the river, the new pipes and streets were raised as high as ten feet above ground. Consequently, buildings below street level required stairs to get up to the street. Other buildings -- as well as hydrants and lampposts and trees -- were raised up to the new level. This was a great opportunity for George Mortimer Pullman, a building mover from Albion, New York.

Pullman, just twenty-eight years old when he moved to Chicago in 1859, would systematically raise a building with perhaps 600 men each in charge of 10 jacks. On his signal, each man would turn his jacks a quarter turn. As the building slowly ascended, the foundations of the buildings would be shored up. In this way, he raised buildings so smoothly that businesses could continue to run while their structures were elevated. Pullman was hailed as a genius and a hero.

Pullman took the capital he earned from raising buildings and moved on to developing a new venture, luxury railroad cars. Rail travel had been a hard exercise in boredom and hunger before Pullman. He created train cars with elegant restaurants, accordioned connectors between cars to keep out wind and noise, and well appointed sleeper compartments with fine sheets and pillows. A master public relations man, Pullman made sure that when President Abraham Lincoln died, a Pullman car returned his body to Illinois.

 



I know most of the people I have in mind will be posted by others. I saw the PBS series "How We Got to Now" and heard about this guy and how he came up with the idea to literally move a city. I thought he was cool enough to throw up on the list.
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18. Board Game: Railways of Great Britain [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
Ben Wilkinson
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1806 - 1859



English engineer specialising in mechanical and civil engineering. Notable accomplishments include revolutionising Britains rail network, design and construction of the longest bridges in the world and the engineering of the largest steamships the world would see for quite some time including the first iron propeller-driven ocean ship.
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19. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:110] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Elijah J. McCoy (May 2, 1844[2] – October 10, 1929) was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer, who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines. Born free in Canada, he returned as a five-year-old with his family to the United States in 1847, where he lived for the rest of his life and became a US citizen.

Check out his beautiful oil drip cup he invented for trains. Many tried to copy it but none were as good, hence customers were always asking for his specific product, giving birth to the phrase "the real McCoy."
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On behalf of a suggestion from someone I can't recall the username of, I'd like to propose August Picard:


[Paraphrased from wikipedia:]
He and his brother designed a spherical, pressurized aluminum gondola that would allow ascent to great altitude without requiring a pressure suit. An important motivation for Picard's research in the upper atmosphere were measurements of cosmic radiation, which were supposed to give experimental evidence for the theories of Albert Einstein, whom Piccard knew from the Solvay conferences and who was a fellow alumnus of ETH.

On 27 May 1931, Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer took off from Augsburg, Germany, and reached a record altitude of 15,781 m (51,775 ft). (FAI Record File Number 10634) During this flight, Piccard was able to gather substantial data on the upper atmosphere, as well as measure cosmic rays. On 18 August 1932, launched from Dübendorf, Switzerland, Piccard and Max Cosyns made a second record-breaking ascent to 16,201 m (53,153 ft). (FAI Record File Number 6590) He ultimately made a total of twenty-seven balloon flights, setting a final record of 23,000 m (75,459 ft).

In the mid-1930s, Piccard's interests shifted when he realized that a modification of his high altitude balloon cockpit would allow descent into the deep ocean. By 1937, he had designed the bathyscaphe, a small steel gondola built to withstand great external pressure. Construction began, but was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Resuming work in 1945, he completed the bubble-shaped cockpit that maintained normal air pressure for a person inside the capsule even as the water pressure outside increased to over 46 MPa (6,700 psi). Above the heavy steel capsule, a large flotation tank was attached and filled with a low density liquid for buoyancy. Liquids are relatively incompressible and can provide buoyancy that does not change as the pressure increases. And so, the huge tank was filled with gasoline, not as a fuel, but as flotation. To make the now floating craft sink, tons of iron were attached to the float with a release mechanism to allow resurfacing. This craft was named FNRS-2 and made a number of unmanned dives in 1948 before being given to the French Navy in 1950.[2] There, it was redesigned, and in 1954, it took a man safely down 4,176 m (13,701 ft).

[tl;dr he built a steampunk-esque balloon that he later converted to a cool submarine-type dealy]

Also, he was the inspiration for Professor Cuthbert Calculus in The Adventures of Tintin, and he and his brother's names serve as the derivation for Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise!
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21. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:287]
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Harriet Tubman (1822 - 1913)

Abolitionist, Humanitarian, Union Spy...



Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

Although the Underground Railroad was believed to be a secret network of routes and safe houses used to deliver slaves to free states and Canada, it is now known to be an actual underground steam-powered network of railways running adjacent to the Mississippi river.

Harriet spent her years in captivity secretly learning to craft steam-powered devices after dismantling an old boiler and eventually used this knowledge and funding from the abolitionist movement to develop the Underground Railroad.
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22. Board Game: Steampunk Rally [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:393]
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Sarah Guppy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Guppy

This was a woman who was crazy enough to try to travel over the Swiss Alps.

She married a guy named Guppy. GUPPY!!! This is a woman who does things for herself!
She owned ten patents.
Her son was the directing engineer for the Grest Western Steamship company, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the Consulting Engineer.
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23. Board Game: Free Parking [Average Rating:5.11 Overall Rank:13416]
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I know I already submitted someone, but that was on another user's behalf, and anyway I'm the designer so I'm allowed to cheat

I submit Alice Parker, an African-American woman from new Jersey who invented the gas heating furnace in 1919.

https://sites.google.com/site/newspaperpage1/alice-parker-an...

I submit her not just because finding a black female inventor from this time period is like finding a unicorn, but also because she seems to be criminally unacknowledged by history. She brought us something that has likely saved countless lives, and wikipedia doesn't even have an entry for her, just a composer by the same name and some victim of the Salem witch trials (because being executed for witchcraft is apparently a bigger deal than universal central heating).

For shame, internet!
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24. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:367] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Mainly because I like her name but she was pretty cool too I propose:

Annie Jump Cannon - Astronomer



Annie Jump Cannon (December 11, 1863 - April 13, 1941) was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the creation of the Harvard Classification Scheme, which was the first serious attempt to organize and classify stars based on their temperatures.

She classified more stars in a lifetime than anyone else, male or female, with a total of around 500,000 stars. She also discovered 300 variable stars, five novas, and one spectroscopic binary, creating a bibliography that included about 200,000 references.[11] Cannon could classify three stars a minute just by looking at their spectral patterns and, if using a magnifying glass, could classify stars down to the ninth magnitude, around 16 times fainter than the human eye can see.[4]

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25. Board Game: Rolling Japan [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3445]
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Sakichi Toyoda (February 14, 1867 – October 30, 1930)



From wikipedia : He was a Japanese inventor and industrialist. The son of a poor carpenter, Toyoda is referred to as the "King of Japanese Inventors". Sakichi Toyoda is often referred to as the father of the Japanese industrial revolution. He is also the founder of Toyota Industries Co., Ltd.


The Power loom definitely steampunk

He invented numerous weaving devices. His most famous invention was the automatic power loom in which he implemented the principle of Jidoka (autonomous automation). The principle of Jidoka, which means that the machine stops itself when a problem occurs, became later a part of the Toyota Production System.

Because the industrial revolution did not only happen in America and Europe. Toyado would be a perfect fit for the game. He was called the japanese Thomas Edison and he created what would become the biggest automobile compagnie in the world by pushing his son to start making cars.
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