by: Randi M.
In honor of Black History Month, here are a couple of Black inventors that continue to impact our lives today.
Norbert Rillieux, 1806-1894, developed the evaporating pan for refining sugar. This patent improved the speed and safety of refining sugar, and it is still used in the industry today.
Granville T. Woods, 1856-1910, invented the telegraph that allowed traveling trains to communicate with one another and the train stations.
Garrett Augustus Morgan, 1877-1963, invented the gas mask used by soldiers in World War I. He is most famous for his invention of the traffic light.
Frederick McKinley Jones, 1892-1961, invented the first automatic refrigerator for long-haul trucks.
David Crosthwait, Jr., 1898-1976, designed the heating system for Radio City Music Hall.
Patricia Bath, 1942 – Present, is best known for her invention of the Laserphaco Probe, and it is used for treatment of cataracts.
Madam C.J. Walker, 1867-1919, is known for her invention of hair care products for African-American.
Lonnie G. Johnson, 1949 – Present, invented the Super Soaker.