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African-American Inventors. [Student Name] [Date]. George Washington Carver. Lived 1865-1943 Former slave Born in Missouri Earned advanced degrees from Iowa Agricultural College Developed hundreds of industrial uses for farm products Outstanding researcher and educator. Norbert Rillieux.

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african american inventors

African-American Inventors

[Student Name]

[Date]

george washington carver
George Washington Carver
  • Lived 1865-1943
  • Former slave
  • Born in Missouri
  • Earned advanced degrees from Iowa Agricultural College
  • Developed hundreds of industrial uses for farm products
  • Outstanding researcher and educator
norbert rillieux
Norbert Rillieux
  • Lived 1806-1894
  • New Orleans slave
  • Educated in France
  • Developed evaporator for refining sugar
  • Patented in 1846
elijah mccoy
Elijah McCoy
  • Lived 1844-1929
  • Son of escaped slaves from Kentucky
  • Invented lubricator for steam engines
  • Patented in 1872
  • Awarded 57 patents in his lifetime
lewis howard latimer
Lewis Howard Latimer
  • Lived 1848-1929
  • Worked for Boston patent attorney
  • Learned mechanical drawing
  • Invented electric lamp and carbon filament for light bulbs
  • Patented in 1881-1882
  • Only African American on Thomas Edison’s engineering team
granville t woods
Granville T. Woods
  • Lived 1856-1910
  • Born in Ohio
  • Self-educated
  • Invented telegraph for railway train communication
  • Awarded more than 60 patents for electrical/mechanical inventions
madame c j walker
Madame C. J. Walker
  • Lived 1867-1919
  • Born in Louisiana
  • Developed hair care system and other beauty products
  • One of the first self-made women millionaires
  • Successful businesswoman and generous benefactor
garrett augustus morgan
Garrett Augustus Morgan
  • Lived 1877-1963
  • Born in Kentucky
  • Invented gas mask for chlorine fumes during World War I
  • Patented 1914
  • Also invented automated STOP and GO traffic signal
frederick mckinley jones
Frederick McKinley Jones
  • Lived 1892-1961
  • Born in Ohio
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Invented self-starting gas engine
  • Invented first automatic refrigeration system for trucks
  • Awarded over 40 patents for refrigeration
david crosthwait jr
David Crosthwait, Jr.
  • Lived 1898-1976
  • Born in Tennessee
  • Earned degrees from Purdue University
  • Expert in heating, ventilation, air conditioning
  • Awarded 40 patents for HVAC systems
patricia bath
Patricia Bath
  • Born 1949 in New York
  • World-famous ophthalmologist
  • First African-American woman doctor to receive patent for medical inventions
  • Invented laser device to remove cataracts
  • Transformed eye surgery
  • Awarded four patents for eye surgery methods