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The Trailblazing Work Of African-American Inventors

The Trailblazing Work Of African-American Inventors

Did you know elevator doors, the blood bank, and the video-game console were all created by African-American inventors? Explore how inventors of color have made a far-reaching impact on modern society.

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Everyday Essentials Invented By African-Americans

FYI, the super-soaker is thanks to a black inventor.

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  1. Lonnie Johnson, a NASA scientist, invented the Super Soaker. 00:13

  2. Benjamin Thornton created a predecessor to the answering machine, which was a device that attached to a phone and recorded calls. 01:11

  3. Lewis Latimer improved on the carbon filaments in light bulbs, ensuring that Edison's bulbs lasted much longer than they had in the past. 01:40

Crucial Inventions Of Three Black Scientists

Without these inventions, you wouldn't be reading this right now.

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  1. In the 1960s, James West invented the electret microphone, which revolutionized everything from hearing aids to rock 'n roll. 00:33

  2. 1/3 of all of the patentable inventions inside IBM's original personal computer are still held by Mark Dean. 01:07

  3. Gerard Lawson developed the very first video-game console, the Fairchild Channel F, which was released a year before the first Atari console. 02:01

Contributions of Five African-American Chemists

From peanut crops to eye surgery, these scientists forever changed the world.

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  1. Percy Julian was a pioneer in synthesizing chemicals from plants, including synthetic cortisone to help with arthritis. 00:21

  2. Patricia Bath invented a new treatment for cataracts called Laserphaco, which is still in wide use today. 01:15

  3. George Washington Carver researched and introduced methods of crop rotation to save Southern farmland depleted by years of growing only cotton. 01:51

The Legacy of George Washington Carver

Learn about the man Time Magazine once called "the Black Leonardo Da Vinci."

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