Sometimes it worths a lot to look back at what certain people sacrificed to solve daily life problems, so far as we are an undenied beneficiaries today.From contributions to the worlds of science, style, music and more, it’s safe to say that our day-to-day lives would be very different without these black inventors.We owe them a lot of thanks.Take a look back at just a few of the notable achievements of the black family.
1.Three-Signal Traffic Light
After he saw a carriage crash in a Cleveland intersection, Garrett Morgan created a version of the modern three-way traffic signal in 1923. He was also the first black man to own a car in his city.
2.Closed Circuit (CCTV)
Marie Van Brittan Brown created a device in 1966 that would be the precursor to home surveillance as we know it. She connected a motorized security camera to a monitor, where one could view images from the camera.
Howard University alum Patricia Bath is responsible for creating the laserphaco probe, a device used for laser cataract surgery. With the help of the instrument, she was able to recover the sight of several individuals who had been blind for over 30 years.
Shirley Ann Jackson made several telecommunications breakthroughs while employed with Bell Laboratories. Her scientific discoveries led to the touch-tone phone, caller I.D. and call waiting. Jackson was also the first black woman to graduate with a Ph.D. from M.I.T.
5.Computer graphics designer Marc Hannah co-founded Silicon Graphics, Inc. His computer programs were instrumental in the creation of special effects for films like “Jurassic Park,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more.
6.The Blood Bank
African American physician Charles Drew developed a way to process and preserve blood plasma, which lasts much longer than actual blood. His discovery was crucial to creating blood banks and assisting in the war effort during World War II. He was working on a blood bank for U.S. military personnel when he grew unhappy with the military’s request to segregate the blood and left his position.
Before Frederick McKinley Jones invented his portable cooling unit, perishable items were transported intrucks filled with ice. He revolutionized the industry by creating a cooling system that could be mounted on the roof of the vehicle and would keep food fresh during long journeys. Around 1935, Jones designed a portable air-cooling unit for trucks carrying perishable food, and received a patent for it on July 12, 1940. Numero sold his movie sound equipment business to RCA and formed a new company in partnership with Jones, the U.S. Thermo Control Company (later the Thermo King Corporation ) which became a $3 million business by 1949. Portable cooling units designed by Jones were especially important during World War II , preserving blood, medicine, and food for use at army hospitals and on open battlefields.
Dr. Joseph N. Jackson created some of the most iconic technology such as the remote control.Everyone who has enjoyed the use of their programmable VCR, DVR, TIVO, and television remote controllers owes a thank you to Mr. Joseph N. Jackson.
If you have a manual push mower today, it likely uses design elements from 19th Century black American inventor John Albert Burr’s patented rotary blade lawn mower.On May 9, 1899, John Albert Burr patented an improved rotary blade lawn mower. Burr designed a lawn mower with traction wheels and a rotary blade that was designed to not easily get plugged up from lawn clippings. John Albert Burr also improved the design of lawn mowers by making it possible to mow closer to building and wall edges.You can view U.S. patent 624,749 issued to John Albert Burr.
Imhotep, an egyptian physician was revered in ancient Egypt.His medical challenges necessitated the invention of the stethoscope. As a god of medicine, Imhotep was beloved as a mediator of everyday problems who could “provide remedies for all diseases,” and “give sons to the childless.” Members of the cult of Imhotep in the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Dynasties would pay tribute to the God at his temple just outside Memphis, which also contained halls devoted to the teaching of clinical methods, and to the preservation of the materia medica, papyri detailing the entirety of Egyptian medical knowledge which may actually have originated with Imhotep.
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