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Black Inventors:  Discover facts and information about famous black inventors and their inventions Our list of Black Inventors also include little known Black Inventors who have also found their place in history. Many African American black inventors started their lives in slavery but with great determination used their imagination and ingenuity to become some of the greatest and most prolific inventors in America. Others made their names during the Harlem Renaissance and others made their mark during the Civil Rights movement.

Black Inventors: The extraordinary inventions of Black Inventors and Scientists helped to improve the lives of many people across the world. Other Black Inventors concentrated on everyday items and many changed the working processes of industry.

 

List of Black Inventors

 

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Black Inventors List: Black Inventors List: George ​Washington Carver​ *** Lewis Latimer *** Garrett ​Morgan *** Elijah McCoy *** Madam C. J. ​Walker​ *** Lonnie ​Johnson​ *** Jan Ernst ​Matzeliger​ *** Benjamin ​Banneker *** Otis Boykin *** James ​Edward Maceo West *** Frederick ​McKinley Jones​ *** Norbert ​Rillieux *** Thomas L. ​Jennings​ *** Sarah E. ​Goode​ *** Percy Lavon ​Julian​ *** Sarah Boone *** Henry Blair *** Alexander ​Miles *** David ​Crosthwait​ *** Ben ​Montgomery​ *** Marie Van ​Brittan Brown​ *** Lloyd Hall​ *** Lyda D. ​Newman​ *** Benjamin ​Bradley *** Bessie Blount ​Griffin​ *** Emmett ​Chappelle *** Marjorie ​Joyner *** Alfred L. ​Cralle *** Lewis Temple *** Samuel R. ​Scottron *** Henry Brown *** List of Black Inventors ***

Black Inventors - Lewis Latimer (1848 - 1928): The African American inventor and engineer Lewis Howard Latimer, one of the great black inventors, invented the carbon filament in 1881 that improved the newly-invented Incandescent Light bulb.

Black Inventors - Jack Johnson (1878 - 1946): The African American inventor (and world champion boxer) Jack Johnson invented the Wrench which he patented on April 18, 1922.

Black Inventors - Garrett ​Morgan (1877 - 1963): The African American inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Garrett Morgan, one of the great black inventors,  invented the modern  Gas Mask in 1914 and the Traffic Stop in 1923

Black Inventors - Elijah McCoy (1844 - 1929): The African American inventor and mechanical engineer Elijah McCoy​ invented the steam engine lubricator, a high-quality industrial invention, which led to the expression "The real McCoy" meaning the meaning "the real thing" or "the genuine article".

Black Inventors - George Franklin Grant​ (1846 1910): George Franklin Grant, the first African-American professor at Harvard, invented and patented the first wooden Golf tee in 1899.

Black Inventors - Madam C. J. ​Walker​ (1867 - 1919): The African American inventor and entrepreneur Madam C. J. ​Walker​ (born Sarah Breedlove) invented a range of hair care products including a hair-straightening formula in 1905.

Black Inventors - George ​Washington Carver​ (c. 1864 - 1943): The African American inventor and scientist George Washington Carver was not credited with specific inventions but discovered numerous new uses for peanuts, soya beans and sweet potatoes helping to diversify agriculture in the United States. George ​Washington Carver​ was one of the great black inventors.

Black Inventors - Granville ​Woods (1856 - 1910): The prolific African American inventor and entrepreneur Granville ​Woods invented a diverse selection of items including the Multiplex Telegraph, an automatic brake and an egg incubator.

Black Inventors - Lonnie ​Johnson​ (1949 - Present): The African American inventor, designer, engineer and businessman Lonnie Johnson invented the Super Soaker in 1982.

Black Inventors - Jan Ernst ​Matzeliger​ (1852 - 1889): The Dutch Guyanan inventor Jan Ernst ​Matzeliger​ worked in the shoe industry and invented the 'Lasting Machine' an automated shoemaking machine that quickly attached the top of the shoe to the sole (a process called "lasting".

Black Inventors - Benjamin ​Banneker (1731 - 1806): The African American clock inventor and farmer Benjamin ​Banneker, one of the great black inventors,  invented the ​Banneker Wooden clock in 1753.

Black Inventors - Otis Boykin (1920 - 1982): The African American inventor and scientist Otis Boykin​ invented a control unit for the artificial heart pacemaker. The pacemaker device uses electrical impulses to maintain a regular heartbeat.

Black Inventors - James ​Edward Maceo West (1931 - Present): The African American inventor and scientist James ​Edward Maceo West invented the foil electret microphone in 1962.

Black Inventors - Frederick ​McKinley Jones​ (1893 - 1961): The prolific African American inventor and entrepreneur Frederick ​McKinley Jones​ invented an automatic refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars.

Black Inventors - Norbert ​Rillieux (1806 - 1894): The African American inventor and engineer Norbert Rillieux, one of the great black inventors,  invented the vacuum sugar evaporator in 1864 that revolutionized sugar processing.

Black Inventors - Thomas L. ​Jennings​ (1791 - 1856): The African American inventor Thomas L. ​Jennings​ invented a dry-cleaning process called 'Dry Scouring',  in 1821. Thomas L. Jennings was the first African-American to be granted a patent March 3, 1821.

Black Inventors - Sarah E. ​Goode​ (1855 - 1905): The African American inventor and businesswoman Sarah E. ​Goode​ invented the Folding Cabinet Bed in 1885. Sarah Goode started life as a slave and became the first African-American woman to be granted a patent. ​

Black Inventors - Benjamin ​Bradley (18301897): The African American inventor Benjamin ​Bradley built an engine large enough to run the first steam-powered warship.

Black Inventors - Bessie Blount ​Griffin​ (19142009): The African American inventor and nurse Bessie Blount ​Griffin​ invented an electronic feeding device to help amputees feed themselves.

Black Inventors - Emmett ​Chappelle (1925 - Present): The African American inventor and NASA research scientist Emmett ​Chappelle​ was honored for his work in developing Lyophilized Reaction Mixtures.

Black Inventors - Percy Lavon ​Julian​ (1899 - 1975): The African American inventor and businessman Percy Lavon ​Julian​ invented Synthetic cortisone from the wild Mexican yam.

Black Inventors - Sarah Boone (1832 - 1904): The African American inventor Sarah Boone​​ invented improvements to the Ironing Board in 1892 for the purpose of specifically ironing women's clothes.

Black Inventors - Henry Blair (1807 - 1860): The African American inventor Henry Blair​ invented a highly efficient and labor saving Corn Planter in 1834.

Black Inventors - Alexander ​Miles (1838 - 1918): The African American inventor Alexander ​Miles invented an automatically opening and closing elevator door in 1887. Refer to the Invention of Elevators.

Black Inventors - David ​Crosthwait​ (1898 - 1976): The African American inventor David ​Crosthwait​ invented products for effective heating systems for larger buildings including a vacuum pump, a boiler, and a thermostat control.

Black Inventors - Andrew ​Jackson Beard​ (1819 - 1877): The African American inventor Andrew ​Jackson Beard​ invented the "Jenny Coupler", an improvement to railroad car couplers, in 1884.

Black Inventors - Ben ​Montgomery​ (1819 - 1877): The African American inventor and mechanic Ben ​Montgomery​ invented a propeller to replace steamboat paddle wheels.

Black Inventors - Marie Van ​Brittan Brown​ (1922 - 1999): The African American inventor Marie Van ​Brittan Brown, together with her husband Albert Brown,​ invented a closed-circuit television security system in 1966.

Black Inventors - Lloyd Hall​ (1894 - 1971): The African American inventor and industrial food chemist Lloyd Hall​ invented curing salts for the processing and reserving of meats.

Black Inventors - Lyda D. ​Newman​ (1885 - 1820): The African American inventor and hairdresser Lyda D. ​Newman​ invented an improved model of hairbrush in 1898.

Black Inventors - Marjorie ​Joyner (1896-1994): The African American inventor and hairdresser Marjorie ​Joyner​ invented Permanent Hair-Wave Machine

Black Inventors - Alfred L. ​Cralle: The African American inventor and businessman Alfred L. ​Cralle invented ice cream scoop in 1897.

Black Inventors - Lewis Temple (18001854): The African American inventor and blacksmith Lewis Temple invented a whaling harpoon, known as "Temple's Toggle" in the 1840's.

Black Inventors - Henry Brown (1844 - 1878): The African American inventor Henry Armitt Brown, one of the great black inventors,  invented Safer Document Storage, an improved type of strongbox that he patented on November 2, 1886.

Names of Black Inventors: List of Black Inventors names: George ​Washington Carver​ *** Garrett ​Morgan *** Elijah McCoy *** Lewis Howard ​Latimer *** Lonnie ​Johnson​ *** Benjamin ​Banneker *** Otis Boykin *** Black Inventors *** Marie Van ​Brittan Brown​ *** James ​Edward Maceo West *** Norbert ​Rillieux *** Black Inventors *** Sarah E. ​Goode​ *** Percy Lavon ​Julian​ *** Sarah Boone *** Henry Blair *** Alexander ​Miles *** David ​Crosthwait​ *** Black Inventors *** Madam C. J. ​Walker​ *** Ben ​Montgomery​ *** Lloyd Hall​ *** Black Inventors *** Thomas L. ​Jennings​ *** Lyda D. ​Newman​ *** Benjamin ​Bradley *** Jan Ernst ​Matzeliger​ *** Bessie Blount ​Griffin​ *** Emmett ​Chappelle *** Black Inventors *** Marjorie ​Joyner *** Frederick ​McKinley Jones​ *** Alfred L. ​Cralle *** Black Inventors *** Lewis Temple *** Samuel R. ​Scottron *** Henry Brown *** Black Inventors list of names ***

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