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Innovation is often defined simply as a new idea, device or method of accomplishing something. To be remembered, a typical innovation has to have provided a better solution to an existing problem. Connecticut has been a national leader in innovation for centuries. When the federal government first began issuing patents in 1790, Connecticut was a national leader. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Connecticut led the country in the number of patents issued per capita averaging one patent per 1,000 people versus the typical state ratio of one per 3,000.
To be an innovation that helped to change the world, the invention must extend beyond delivering a better solution to an existing problem. These innovations often disrupt or radically alter how a problem is defined, perceived and solved. Some of these innovations were driven by a passion to accomplish a personal goal, or to create a significant financial reward or simply to provide a personal quest to create a profoundly different result. All of these innovations proved critically important in their time and some remain with us as time marches forward.
Join John Cilio as he uncovers some of the background stories about several Connecticut innovations that changed the lives of people across the nation and beyond.
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