Five Inventions From Mexico, You Did Not Know About

Costa Maya Mahahual

From the pill to the tortilla machine, here are five inventions from Mexico.

Luis Miramontes, co-inventor of the pill. Luis Miramontes, co-inventor of the pill.

Mexico News Daily | Sunday, August 17, 2014

The color TV, the pill and the tortilla machine all have something in common: these and at least two others are Mexican inventions. For some light reading, here are five inventions made in Mexico.

1. The contraceptive pill: Luis Miramontes, only 26 years old at the time and a graduate of the chemistry school at the National Autonomous University, worked with two other scientists in 1951 to synthesize the progestin norethindrone, which was used in one of the first three oral contraceptives.

Miramontes worked with George Rosekranz and Carl Djerassi at Syntex, a Mexican pharmaceutical company (now part of the Roche group) to develop the birth control pill.

2. Color television: Born in 1917, Guillermo González Camarena introduced color televesion to Mexico in…

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