George Crum, chef
1822-July 22, 1914
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gayila Taylor, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Lee & Low, 2006)
Thank you, George Crum. For inventing a most tasty treat. August 24 is National Potato Chip Day, though by all accounts, Americans celebrate potato chips every day of the year. Crum, part African-American and part Native America is the king of snack-makers.
The Lemelson-MIT Program hightlighted George Crum as an Inventor of the Week earlier this year.