10 Black Inventors in the Shadows

Ten Black Inventors You Never Heard Of

Here’s my list of 10 Black Inventors in the shadows. I didn’t learn about them in school, didn’t hear them come up in conversations of “great inventors” or “firsts”. They were mentioned on PBS or shared on “.org” websites, but never vocalized beyond those. I wanted to see that they were recognized at least in our little bubble. The following can also be found at “Congressional Black Caucus Foundation”. Thank you for this wonderful list, Ms. Lindsay. A greater thank you to the minds behind the creations. =)

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Benjamin Banneker—Almanac

Born to freed slaves in 1731, Benjamin Banneker became an astronomer, author, inventor, mathematician, and surveyor. He invented some of the most effective clocks of his time, planned out the city of Washington, D.C., and published six almanacs that each included political and social commentary, particularly advocating for the rights of slaves and free blacks.

Patricia Bath—Laser Surgical Device

Patricia Bath is a contemporary inventor and ophthalmologist from Harlem, New York. She is the first black female doctor to receive a medical patent. In 1986, she invented the Laserphaco Probe, which has revolutionized the treatment of cataracts.


Charles Drew—Blood Bank

Charles Drew was born in Washington, D.C. in 1904. As a surgeon, researcher, and inventor, he invented the modern blood banks. Since World War II, his invention has gone on to save thousands of lives.


Thomas Elkins—Modern Toilet

In addition to other inventions, Elkins created the chamber commode in 1872. It included a mirror, washstand, mirror, and more.


Philip Emeagwali—World’s Fastest Computer

Emeagwali was born in Nigeria in 1954. Although he came of age during a brutal civil war, he earned many advanced degrees including a Ph.D. in scientific computing. In 1989, he created the world’s fastest computer.

Frederick Jones—Refrigeration Machine

Jones was a self-taught engineer with a number of important inventions. His most notable invention was a refrigeration machine used to transport blood, food, and medicine during World War II.

Lewis Latimer—Light Bulb

Born in 1848 to runaway slaves, Latimer became an inventor and engineer. In addition to his invention of one of the earliest air conditioning units, he assisted in the development of some of the world’s most important inventions, including the light bulb and the telephone.

Alexander Miles—Improved Elevator

Known as “the wealthiest colored man in the Northwest,” Miles created an automatic device to open and close elevator doors. Because of his invention, we are able to enjoy this modern luxury.

Garrett Morgan—Traffic Light, Gas Mask

Born in Kentucky in 1877, Morgan is the inventor of something many utilize everyday, the traffic signal. He created this after witnessing so many accidents on busy urban intersections. In addition to this, he created the gas mask which grew in popularity when it was used to aid workers after an underground explosion.

Daniel Hale Williams—Pioneer of Open Heart Surgery

Williams was born in Pennsylvania in 1856. He would go on to become a physician and surgeon. In 1891, he founded the first integrated hospital, and just two years later, he became the first person to successfully complete open-heart surgery.

This article was written by  on February 27, 2015 and www.veronicandavis.com thanks you, sincerely.
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