Robert Kearns has the unique distinction of being the inventor of intermittent windshield wipers. His brain child came forth in the early ’60s in the basement of his Detroit home. From that time all the way up to his recent passing, he has fought the car companies for the recognition he so richly deserves.
During ensuing discussions, Kearns was offered a lot of money. But he wanted to be the sole supplier of the intermittent circuit to the car companies. It’s a sad, crazy tale, to be sure. Read about Robert Kearns here.
(Incidentally, I heard somewhere that the inventor of the pushbutton socket release ratchet has gone through the same nightmare.)