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Lillian Gilbreth

GILBRETH, Lillian Evelyn, née Moller, American engineer, 1878-1972. Lillian invented the original trashcan with an attached foot-pedal for opening the lid. This is common nowadays. Also she devised a type of electric food mixer. A pioneer of ergonomics, which as a mother of 12 was for her a matter of necessity. This concept of efficiency in the home was of particular benefit to disabled homeowners. Her kitchen designs were integrated into a programme for training the disabled in a centre at NYU, she was the director of the Centre. A consulting engineer in later life, and the first woman member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA) in 1965.

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