Yes, I know: Warp drive. I know, he came up with warp-theory, but you don't "invent" a theory you "develop" it or "propose" it. So what did he invent? What was the technology that he could build upon building the Pheonix? What did he not had to invent? Has there already been deflector shields (needed for warp-drive) or did he invented those too? Has there already been dilithium-based matter-antimatter-reactors or did he invented those too? Did he invent the structural integrity field? What about inertia dampeners?
Or was it the other way around: He came up with the theory and every tiny state started researching on it. Everyone started building (not yet functional) warp-drive-prototypes. Than in the chaos of the third world war those programs were canceled and Cochrane stepped in and collected parts to make it work? So maybe all he actually invented was an improved flow regulator.
Or did he invent just one very essential part like the field coil?
So while it's common knowledge, that he invented the warp drive, what did he actually invent?