Black Inventors Invented What?!

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You probably know George Washington Carver and Madam C.J. Walker. Agricultural scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver is most famous for his work with the peanut. Madam C.J. Walker is the first female self-made millionaire in the U.S. after creating a specialized line of African American haircare products. What do George Washington Carver and Madam C.J. Walker have in common, besides skin color? They’re both brilliant.

However, these two represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to identifying some of the minds behind some of the world’s greatest technological and social advancements. Ready to learn what other inventions have come from some of the greatest black minds throughout history? Or do you already know?

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    Currently the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, you can thank Shirley Ann Jackson for this:
    • Candy Crush
    • Speaker Phone
    • Caller ID
    • The Cordless Phone
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    On November 20, 1923, Garrett Morgan received U.S. Patent No. 1,475,074 for this device you see every time you’re out on the roads:
    • Three Position Traffic Light
    • Cross Walk Button
    • Arrow Lights
    • SchoolZone BlinkerSigns
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    On April 26, 1892, Sarah Boone received U.S. Patent No. 473,653 for this invention designed for convenience and to be highly effective for women’s clothing in particular:
    • Clothes Horse
    • Clothes Steamer
    • The Ironing Board
    • Tailor’s Ham
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    Former Air Force and NASA engineer, Lonnie G. Johnson is also responsible for this mega-fun summer toy:
    • Super Soakers
    • The Slip N’Slide
    • Pool Noodles
    • The Octopus Sprinkler
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    Marie Van Brittain Brown not only invented the first closed circuit television, but she also invented the first:
    • Home Security System
    • Carbon Monoxide Detector
    • Door Bell
    • Fire Alarm
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    In the 1980s, Dennis Weatherby patented a new dishwasher detergent designed to not leave stains, this detergent was:
    • Finish
    • Cascade
    • Fairy
    • Electrasol
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    Surgeon Samuel L. Kountz Jr. pioneered this form of life-saving treatment in the medical field:
    • Open Heart Surgery
    • Immunotherapy
    • Organ Transplantation
    • Radiology
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    During the Obama administration, Lisa Gelobter served as the Chief Digital Service Officer for the United States Department of Education. She also invented:
    • APNGs
    • GIFs
    • WebPs
    • MNGs
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    On December 21, 1920, Walter Sammons received U.S. Patent No. 1,362,823 for this invention:
    • Hot Rollers
    • The Curling Iron
    • The Hot Comb
    • The Electric Razor
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    In his lifetime, Percy Julian was a major medical pioneer focused on the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He received over 130 chemical patents, including ones for:
    • Birth Control
    • Steroids
    • Cortisone
    • All of the above


Written by Nina Slowinski

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