The Black Inventor Online Museum

is the #1 resource on the web focusing on the ingenuity and accomplishments of the top Black inventors over the last 300 years. Their contributions are chronicled and the inventors are profiled, providing information for students and others interested in these pioneers of Black History.

The Top Ten Black Inventors

Lewis Latimer

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Invented an Improved Light Bulb
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Madam C.J. Walker

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Created a Black Hair Products Empire

Percy Julian

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Pioneer in the Field of Synthetic Chemistry

Garrett Morgan

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Inventor of a Traffic Signal and Gas Mask
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Elijah McCoy

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Inventor of the Automatic Lubricator

Fred Jones

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Developed Refrigeration System for Trucks
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Daniel Hale Williams

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Pioneer of Open Heart Surgery

Jan Matzeliger

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Invented an Automated Shoe Lasting Device

Charles Drew

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Pioneer of the Modern Blood Bank

George Washington Carver

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Invented Thousand of Uses for the Peanut

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Granville Woods

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Telegraph and Railway Device Developer.

George Alcorn

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Semiconductor and Aerospace Innovator.

James West

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Created the Affordable Electret Microphone.

Valerie Thomas

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Developed a 3-D Optical Illusion Device.

Lewis Temple

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Created the "Temple's Iron" Harpoon.

Richard Spikes

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Invented an Automatic Gear Shift.

Norbert Rillieux

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Created Sugar-refining Evaporation Pan System.

Andre Reboucas

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Invented an Early-version Torpedo.

Robert Pelham

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Invented Tallying Machine for the Census.
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John Parker

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Created a Screw for a Tobacco Press.

George Murray

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Created a Cotton-chopping Device.

Benjamin Montgomery

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Developed a Special Steamboat Propeller.

Thomas Mensah

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Pioneered the Field of Fiber Optics.

Joseph Lee

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Created a Bread Making Machine.

Ernest Just

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Pioneer in Marine Biology and Zoology.
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Marjorie Joyner

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Invented the "Permanent Waving Machine."
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Lonnie Johnson

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Invented the "Super Soaker" toy.

Jack Johnson

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Boxing Champion Invented a Wrench.
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Lloyd Hall

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Revolutionized the World of Food Preservation.

George Grant

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Created an Improved Golf Tee.

Meredith Gourdine

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Created an Allergen-filtration Device.

Sarah Goode

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Invented the Folding Cabinet Bed.

James Forten

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Revolutionized the Sail-making Business.

Philip Emeagwali

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Created Processes to Innovate Internet Apps.

Thomas Elkins

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Created a Refrigerated Apparatus.

Joseph Dickinson

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Developed Improved and Innovative Reed Organs.
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Mark Dean

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Created innovative Computer Devices.

Shelby Davidson

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Created Adding Machine Add-ons.
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George Crum

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Invented the Potato Chip

David Crosthwait

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Designed Innovative Heating Installations.

George Carruthers

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Measuring and Detected Ultraviolet Lights.

Otis Boykin

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Invented Resistors for Pacemakers.

Miriam Benjamin

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Invented a "Gong and Signal" chair for hotels.

Andrew Beard

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Created the "Jenny Coupler."

Patricia Bath

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Created a Laser Surgical Device.

Benjamin Banneker

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Astronomy who Developed an Almanac.

Early Inventors – (no photos available)

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Benjamin Thornton

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Created an Answering Machine Device.
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Thomas Stewart

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Invented a Version of the Mop.
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Albert Richardson

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Invented a Wooden Butter Churn.
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Lloyd Ray

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Created the Dust Pan.
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William Purvis

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Invented a Fountain Pen.
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Daniel McCree

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Created a Portable Home Fire Escape.
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John Love

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Invented Early Pencil Sharpener.
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Edward Lewis

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Invented a Spring Gun.
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Willis Johnson

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Invented the Egg-beater.
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Thomas Jennings

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Developed a "Dry-cleaning" process.
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Joseph Hawkins

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Improved Gridiron Metal Oven Racks.
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David Fisher

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Creating the "Joiner's Clamp."
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Henry Faulkner

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Created a Ventilated Shoe to Minimize Blisters.
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Philip Downing

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Created a Street Postal Mailbox.
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Matthew Cherry

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Created a Tricycle and a Streetcar Fender.
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Henry Brown

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Created a Strongbox for Personal Valuables.
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Charles Brooks

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Developed the Street-sweeper.
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Benjamin Bradley

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Created a Steam Engine for Warships.
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Sarah Boone

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Created a Version of the Ironing Board.
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Henry Blair

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Invented a Seed Planter and Corn Harvester.

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