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Here are 5 things we use today that were invented by refugees


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - Did you know that many important things we use were actually invented by refugees?

Once refugees are given a chance to be safe and go to school to get an education, many go on to make a difference in the world.

The International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief and development non-proft, put out a list of five things we use every day that were invented by refugees.

1. The internet

The internet was created thanks to Nigerian refugee Philip Emeagwali, who came up with a way for allowing a large number of computers to communicate at once by using thousands of microprocessors to do the job of eight supercomputers, according to Time.

Emeagwali was born in 1954 in Akure, Nigeria. Emeagwali had to drop out of school when he was a kid because his family became war refugees. He was able to earn multiple degrees after immigrating to the United States before creating the formula that made the internet what it is today.

2. Google

Co-founder of Google Sergey Brin was born in Russia in 1973. His family had to immigrate to the United States to escape Jewish persecution in 1979. Brin eventually met Larry Page at Stanford University and together they invented the most popular search engine in the world in 1998, according to biography.com.

3. Theory of relativity

Albert Einstein changed the way we thought about physics and the way we understand space and time when he came up with his theories of relativity, according to IRC.

Einstein came up with the theory of special relativity in 1905, introducing new concepts on physics and space and time. In 1915, he published the theory of general relativity that determined that massive objects can cause a distortion in space and time, which is felt as gravity, according to space.com.

In 1933, Einstein and his wife fled Nazi Germany to the United States.

4. Donut machine

In 1920, Russian war refugee Adolph Levitt owned a doughnut shop in New York City around the time doughnuts became insanely popular, especially amoung U.S. soldiers returning home from World War I. To keep up with demand, Levitt invented the first doughnut machine to mass produce the sweet rings, according to open mind.

His invention led to evolved versions that helped build doughnut empires like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts.

5. Mini Cooper

Sir Alec Issigonis is the creator of the iconic Mini Cooper. Issigonis was a British citizen born in Turkey. His family fled Turkey during the Greek-Turkish war in 1922 to England when he was 16. According to the Automotive Hall of Fame, Issigonis began his engineering career in 1936 and decades later invented the Mini Cooper.

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