- NAME: Lonnie G. Johnson
- OCCUPATION: Engineer, Inventor
- BIRTH DATE: October 06, 1949 (Age: 64)
- EDUCATION: Williamson High School, Tuskegee University, W.H. Council Elementary School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Mobile, Alabama
- Full Name: Lonnie George Johnson
- AKA: Lonnie G. Johnson
- AKA: Lonnie Johnson
- Nickname: "The Professor"
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Lonnie G. Johnson is an engineer and inventor who worked on the Cassini mission to Jupiter and invented the Super Soaker.
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However, if he manages to perfect the JTEC, Johnson will carve out a much greater place in history as one of the seminal figures of the ongoing green technology revolution. Paul Werbos of the National Science Foundation sums up the immense importance of Johnson's work: "This is a whole new family of technology ... It's like discovering a new continent. You don't know what's there, but you sure want to explore it to find out ... It has a darn good chance of being the best thing on Earth."
For his work on the JTEC, Lonnie Johnson received the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics in 2008. More recently, he has been working with the Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated in California to further fund and develop the JTEC. He is hoping that the converter will be operable in the next several years.
In 2011, Johnson was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
Johnson and his wife Linda Moore have four children and live in the Ansley Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.
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