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May 2017

Lonnie Johnson: My Life as a Curious Inventor

"Inventing really does come down to perseverance, doing the hard work of identifying the problems, solving the problems, and then moving onto the next step.”

Lonnie Johnson, inventor

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He’s the inventor of the Super Soaker, the father of the Nerf N-Strike dart gun, and worked on NASA’s Galileo, Voyager and Cassini space programs.

He is developing a new type of engine without any moving parts that can convert heat directly into electricity, as well as a solid state battery using a glass electrolyte instead of a liquid. He has two engineering degrees and over 100 patents protecting an amazing variety of inventions.

He’s a really nice guy, too. He’s Lonnie Johnson, one of America’s most prolific and successful inventors.

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