Credit for inventing the first fully automatic 'coffee making' machine goes to George Bunn, who's idea was patented on May 15, 1962. Even though drip coffee systems had been around for decades, George's invention is considered the first fully automatic coffee maker because it was the first machine that only required the user to add just the coffee & paper filter.
At Princeton he was a member of Cap and Gown Club. During WWII, he served with the Marine Corps on Peleliu in the South Pacific. Following the war, he joined Bunn Capitol Corp., where he served as chairman.