Contraceptive pills 1
Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas and George Rosenkranz were working with American Carl Djerassi, when they discovered norethindrone, a substance that interrupts ovulation and is the base of most contraceptives.
Color television 2
At 22, Mexican Guillermo González Camarera patented a "tristimulus system of sequence fields," which is the basis of the technology used in color televisions.
Manuel Jalón invented the mop in the 50s when it occured to him that there had to be a better way to clean his floor, other than women on their knees.
Insulin shots 5
The Mexican American scientist Lydia Villa-Komaroff discovered how to make synthetic insulin, which is what millions of diabetics inject into their bodies every day.
Facial recognition software 6
Facial recognition software is the technology used to capture the Boston marathon bombers and lots of other criminals. It was created by Mexican American astronaut Ellen Ochoa.
Heart bypass 7
Argentinean doctor René Favaloro invented the cardiac bypass, which revolutionized heart surgeries and continues to save millions of lives.
Guatemalan businessman and inventor Luis von Ahn was the pioneer of encryption systems of websites to protect ourselves from hackers and viruses.