The baby name Edwin is based on two Old English elements, the first meaning “riches, wealth,” the second meaning “friend.”
Here are nearly two dozen impressive people named Edwin:
- Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin (b. 1930), American astronaut. The second man to set foot on the Moon (1969).
- Edwin H. Armstrong (1890-1954), American electrical engineer and inventor. Invented wide-band frequency modulation (FM) radio in 1933.
- Edwin Binney (1866–1934), American inventor. Co-invented Crayola crayons in 1903.
- Edwin G. Boring (1886-1968), American psychologist.
- Edwin B. Budding (1796–1846), English inventor. Invented the lawnmower in 1830.
- Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890), English social and sanitation reformer.
- Edwin J. Cohn (1892-1953), American biochemist. Helped develop blood fractionation methods that saved the lives of wounded soldiers during WWII.
- Edwin G. Conklin (1863-1952), American biologist.
- Edwin L. Drake (1819-1880), American oil driller. Drilled the first productive oil well in the U.S. in 1858.
- Edwin P. Hubble, (1889-1953), American astronomer. Proved that the universe contained galaxies beyond the Milky Way in 1922.
- Edwin Klebs (1834-1913), German physician and bacteriologist. Co-discovered the bacterium that causes diphtheria in 1884.
- Edwin G. Krebs (1918-2009), American biochemist. Co-discovered reversible protein phosphorylation in the 1950s.
- Edwin H. “Din” Land (1909-1991), American inventor and physicist. Introduced instant cameras and self-developing film in 1947.
- Edwin R. Lankester (1847-1929), British zoologist.
- Edwin N. Lightfoot (b. 1925), American chemical engineer.
- Edwin A. Link (1904-1981), American aviation and submersibles pioneer. Invented the flight simulator in 1929.
- Edwin M. McMillan (1907-1991), American nuclear physicist. Discovered neptunium (Np), the first element heavier than uranium, in 1940.
- Edwin Moore (1874-1916), American inventor. Invented the push-pin in the 1890s.
- Edwin Norton (1845-1914), American inventor and manufacturer.
- Edwin E. Perkins (1889-1961), American inventor. Invented Kool-Aid in the 1920s.
- Edwin E. Salpeter (1924-2008), Austrian-born American astrophysicist. Described how carbon was first formed via nuclear reactions within ancient stars in 1951.
- Edwin M. Southern (b. 1938), English molecular biologist. Invented the Southern blot method in the 1970s.
- Edwin Sutherland (1883-1950), American criminologist. Introduced the concept of white-collar crime in 1939.
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