In honor of black history month here are five black inventors that have made the world a better place.
1. Dr. Patricia E. Bath (1942 – present)
Invention: Laserphaco Probe.
What it does: The laserphaco probe is medical device used in surgery to treat patients with cataracts.
Why it’s important: Dr. Bath’s invention has been used all over the world and is credited for giving people their sight back.
2. Lewis Latimer (1848 – 1928)
What it does: The invention helped make longer lasting light bulbs and was a cheaper method to making light bulbs.
Why it’s important: More people had access to electricity because of the cheaper and more efficient filament.
3. Garrett Morgan (1877 – 1963)
Invention: Safety Hood/Traffic Signal
What it does: Safety hood would protect from smoke inhalation and toxic fumes . Morgan’s traffic signal had “stop” and “go” signs to help usher cars and prevented automobile accidents.
Why it’s important: The safety hood would later on be developed into modern day gas masks and the traffic signal gave way for traffic lights.
4. Dr. Marc Hannah (1956 – present)
Invention: 3-D Technology.
What it does: Hannah is the principle scientist who engineered the computer software that companies purchase so 3-D artists can create special effects.
Why it’s important: The equipment is not only used by film studios but is also purchased by engineering and medical research firms to create 3-D graphics in their designs.
5. Frederick McKinley Jones (1893 – 1961)
Invention: First person to invent a refrigeration system for trucks and railroad cars.
What it does: Keeps food transported long and short distance from spoiling.
Why it’s important: Fresh food!