Far too often, our contributions are neither recognized nor respected like they should. That’s why we’re highlighting some formidable inventions that have changed the landscape of this society.
Garrett Morgan: invented of the traffic signal and gas mask.
George Crum: invented the potato chip.
James Forten: revolutionized the sail-making business.
Lonnie Johnson: invented the “Super Soaker” toy.
Lewis Latimer: invented the (long-lasting) light bulb and drafted the drawings that helped Alexander Graham Bell receive a patent for the telephone.
Otis Boykin: invented resistors for pacemakers.
Richard Spikes: invented an automatic gear shift.
George Carruthers: invented the “Far Ultraviolent Camera/Spectograph,” the first moon-based observatory and is responsible for picturing Haley’s Comet for the first time.
Robert Pelham: invented tallying machine for the Census.
Elijah McCoy: invented an automatic lubricator for oiling steam engines, allowing trains to run faster and longer without stopping for maintenance; the originator of “the real McCoy.”
Want to find out about even more? Visit The Black Inventor Online Museum.