Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. He was born in San Francisco on the 4th of July, 1883 – and graduated from U. Cal Berkeley with a degree in engineering. His first job at the San Francisco Chronicle led to early success, but it wasn’t until he moved to NYC and began working for Hearst publications that he became a household name. Rube Goldberg is the only person ever to be listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective. It’s estimated that he did a staggering 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime.



Rube Goldberg, Inc. is dedicated to keeping laughter and invention alive through the legacy of its namesake. Annual competitions, image licensing, merchandising, and museum and entertainment opportunities continue to grow and enhance the brand. At the helm is Rube’s granddaughter, Jennifer George, whose best-selling book on her grandfather, The Art of Rube Goldberg, is now in its fourth printing.


RGI is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting STEM & STEAM education for students of all ages.


A quick biographical overview by Eric Haines.
Rube draws a perpetual motion machine in this 1940 commercial.
Rube drawing (and attempting to act) in this 1937 film with Jack Benny
Rare footage from a 1924 Pathe newsreel of Rube drawing animation for his sons, Thomas and George.

Rube Goldberg: His Life, Times, Comics, Inventions and Lunacy by Jim Ivey, Feb 1987



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