Lonnie Johnson

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Birthday
6, 1949
Birthplace
Alabama
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
6, 1949 (age 69)
Birthplace
Alabama

About

Most famous for inventing the popular Super Soaker water gun toy, he went on to patent seven dozen other products, including the Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter System, which made Popular Mechanics' 2009 list of the year's ten most important inventions.

Before Fame

After earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and his master's in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, he worked on the United States Air Force's stealth bomber and on NASA's Galileo Jupiter mission.

Trivia

He established energy-based technology companies called Johnson Electro-Mechanical Systems (or JEMS) and Excellatron Solid State.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama.

Associated With

Johnson and MGA Entertainment toy company C.E.O. Isaac Larian both contributed to the development of extremely popular toys (Larian's company produced Bratz dolls).