Black American Inventors

African-American Inventions relating to the Peanut
Although it is well known that Dr.George Washington Carver did not invent the peanut, it is not as well known that many products that have come from the peanut are due to the work of this great African-American inventor and scientist.

African-American Inventors of the Late 19th Century
For the kitchen, African-Americans invented: the metal oven rack (J. Hawkins, 1845), the egg beater (W. Johnson, 1884), the dough-kneading machine (J. Lee, 1894), and improved refrigerators (T. Elkins, 1879; J. Standard, 1891). For the living room: furniture ...

African-American Inventors of Our Times
Continued successes, improving opportunities African-Americans are still underrepresented in technology and the sciences; but great progress has been made since the 1960s, especially in the realm of higher education.

African-American Inventors and Inventions
Attachment for shuttle arm device used to capture satellites, ice cream, gas burner, programmable remote control, aeroplane propelling, video commander, biscuit cutter, folding bed, bicycle frame, rotary engine, super soaker ...

African-American Inventors in Railroad System
Locomotive smoke stack, railway signal, water closets, switching device, train alarm, car couplings, street car fender, trestle, railway switch ....

African American Inventors: Historical
Hugh Brown, Charles Bryant, George Carruthers, Oscar Cassel, David N. Crosthwait, Jr., Shelby J. Davidson, Joseph Hunter Dickinson, Wilbert Dyer, Solomon Harper, many others

Partial List of African American Inventors, Inventions and Patent Dates

African-American Women Inventors of the Early 20th Century
In 1898, Ms. Lyda D. Newman patented the first hairbrush with synthetic bristles. Soon thereafter, two other African-American inventors, Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker and Marjorie Joyner revolutionized hair-care and created an industry.

African Americans in the Sciences
African American chemists, biologists, inventors, engineers, and mathematicians have contributed in both large and small ways that can be overlooked when chronicling the history of science.

Benjamin Banneker
Called the "first African American inventor": Crop irrigation system. During the revolutionary war, wheat grown on a farm designed by Banneker prevented U.S. troops from starving.

Miriam E. Benjamin
Invention called a Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels. Her chair, as she stated in her patent application would "reduce the expenses of hotels by decreasing the number of waiters and attendants.

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Henry Blair
Second Black inventor issued a patent by the United States Patent Office. His invention was a seed planter which enabled farmers to plant more corn faster, with less labor.

Bessie Blount
Tube feeding system for the disabled: her inventions made the lives of soldiers disabled in World War II more independent. Purchased by the French government.

George Washington Carver: Cosmetic and Process of Producing
Agricultural chemist George Washington Carver developed crop-rotation methods for conserving nutrients in soil and discovered hundreds of new uses for crops such as the peanut, which created new markets for farmers, especially in the South.

Philip Emeagwali
"Supercomputers that put men on the moon are unheard of in Africa. But not to this Nigerian lad who dropped out of school at age 14. Now a ripe 41-year-old, Philip Emeagwali is turning the American supercomputer and oil industries upside down, and the Americans can't believe it!"

Historic Contributions of Black Scientists and Engineers

Frederick M. Jones
Held more than 60 patents in a variety of fields, but specialized in refrigeration. In 1935, he invented the first automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks.

Marjorie Stewart Joyner
First African American Woman Patent Holder (1896 - 1994) She invented a permanent wave machine that would allow a hairdo to stay set for days. (Hair Perms)

Lewis Howard Latimer
Invented and patented an incandescent light bulb with a carbon filament in 1881. An engineer for the Edison Company, Latimer invented the carbon filament, thus making the light bulb practical.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger
Developed an automatic method for lasting shoes. "the most important invention for New England." His invention was "the greatest forward step in the shoe industry"

Elijah McCoy
Was awarded over 57 patents including an oil-filled container with an adjustable stopcock. Invention literally revolutionized the railroad industry and continuously running factory machinery.

Garrett Augustus Morgan and see second site
Among his inventions was an early traffic signal, that greatly improved safety on America's streets and roadways.

Inventors' Museum Online
Bessie Blount, Otis Boykins, George Washington Carver, Mae Jemison, Marjorie Joyner, Ernest Just, Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Elijah McCoy, Lewis Latimer ...

Women African-American Inventors
Have contributed to the successfully creation of this society. This hopefully will be become a community site that shall grow with the help of the electronic users.

Granville Woods
Invented the induction telegraph system in 1887, a method of informing an engineer of trains immediately in front of and behind him, thus ensuring safer rail travel. Woods was challenged in court by the Edison and Phelps companies, but Woods eventually won the patent rights.




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