Like almost every country, Brazil is no different when it comes to inventions that revolutionized our world. Meet Vital Brazil. Vital was an immunologist, credited for the discovery of the polyvalent anti-ophidic serum in 1903, as well as developer of anti-scorpion in 1908 and anti-spider serums in 1925. Vital has been directly responsible for saving the lives of millions of people world-wide since the inception of his patents. Do you know anyone who drives an automatic transmission vehicle? You can thank Brazillian inventors José Braz Araripe and Fernando Lehly Lemos for that one, as they developed the first automatic transmission with hydraulic fluid in 1932, a patent they would later sell to General Motors, who implemented the new-age technology to their vehicles in 1940.