Mothers of Invention: Marion Donovan (Disposable Diapers)

MarionDonovanParents around the world can thank today’s “mother of invention” every time they pick up a Pampers®, Huggies® or Luvs® to change their little one’s diaper.  Although her ideas were considered impractical at the time, they eventually led to the first truly disposable diaper coming to market in 1961.

Marion O’Brien Donovan was born October 15, 1917 to parents Miles and Ann (O’Connor) O’Brien in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Her career later as an inventor must have come naturally since she was born into a family of inventors.  Her father and uncle John (they were twins) ran a manufacturing plant in South Bend and had invented an industrial lathe which ground automotive gears and gun barrels.

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