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Meet Lonnie Johnson: The Man Who Invented The Super Soaker Water Gun

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The Super Soaker was definitely a game changer when it came to squirt guns and summer fun! And you have Lonnie Johnson to thank for it. The man behind one of the most popular toys of all time, is an engineer who has worked for The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The Air Force, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.






Lonnie Johnson With Super Soaker

Lonnie George Johnson (born October 6, 1949) is an American inventor and engineer who holds more than 120 patents.[2] He is the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, which has been among the world's bestselling toys every year since its release.[3] Johnson's father was a World War II veteran and his mother worked as a nurse's aide and they lived in Mobile, Alabama. As a child, Johnson was very innovative and curious, some of this curiosity coming at the expense of his family's possessions. He reverse engineered his sister's doll to understand how the eyes closed. He also almost burned down his own house while making rocket fuel. In addition, he built his own go-cart out of a lawnmower engine and junkyard scraps.[3] In his teenage years, Johnson attended the all-black Williamson High School in Mobile.[4][5] He drew much of his inspiration from George Washington Carver. In 1968, Johnson represented his high school in the Alabama science fair. He was the only black student in the fair at a time when African Americans did not have much presence in science. He created a robot he named "Linex", which was a compressed-air powered robot and took home first prize.[6] Johnson then went on to attend college at Tuskegee University on a math scholarship.[6] When he finished, he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Tuskegee University

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  • Inspiration!

    Patrick

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