As an inventor holding over 100 U.S. patents – including the Super Soaker water gun, Nerf dart guns, clean energy technologies and many more – I know firsthand the vital role that patents play in incentivizing and protecting innovation.
High school students applaud on this January assembly of Mobile’s Alabama School of Math and Science. It is somewhat odd. Typically, technology innovators do not receive such accolades. But others did not invent the Super Soaker water gun. Lonnie G. Johnson did.
It was the star of every kid’s summer arsenal in the ’90s, but the Super Soaker almost never made it further than a Pasadena bathroom. We ask inventor Lonnie Johnson how perseverance paid off.
Through his nonprofit Johnson STEM Activity Center, he’s inspiring the next generation.
Interview with Lonnie Johnson, one of America’s most prolific and successful inventors. NASA scientist, Super Soaker creator, green tech is now his thing
Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaker water gun, introduced in 1990, has racked up retail sales of more than $1 billion. Using the revenue from his past success, he’s developing two devices he believes can revolutionize electrical power generation and storage.
Get to know engineer Lonnie Johnson, founder and president of Johnson Research and Development Co., who invented the wildly-popular Super Soaker water gun, worked on high-performance Nerf dart guns, and focuses today on inventions related to clean energy.
William Kremer interviewed Lonnie about racial barriers, the invention of the Super Soaker, and his new ceramic battery technology:
Richard Hooper of the BBC interviewed Lonnie on the radio about his childhood, his inventions, and his work on energy technology.
Super Soaker inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson was recently featured on CNN’s Great Big Story podcast: