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

Charles Drew

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Pioneer of the Modern Blood Bank
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Daniel Hale Williams

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Pioneer of Open Heart Surgery
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Elijah McCoy

Inventor of the Automatic Lubricator

Fred Jones

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Developed Refrigeration System for Trucks

Garrett Morgan

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Inventor of a Traffic Signal and Gas Mask

George Washington Carver

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Invented Thousand of Uses for the Peanut

Jan Matzeliger

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Invented an Automated Shoe Lasting Device

Lewis Latimer

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

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Andre Reboucas

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Invented an Early-version Torpedo.

Andrew Beard

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Created the "Jenny Coupler."

Benjamin Banneker

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Astronomy who Developed an Almanac.

Benjamin Montgomery

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Developed a Special Steamboat Propeller.

David Crosthwait

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Designed Innovative Heating Installations.

Ernest Just

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Pioneer in Marine Biology and Zoology.

George Alcorn

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Semiconductor and Aerospace Innovator.

George Carruthers

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Measuring and Detected Ultraviolet Lights.
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George Crum

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Invented the Potato Chip

George Grant

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Created an Improved Golf Tee.

George Murray

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Created a Cotton-chopping Device.

Granville Woods

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Telegraph and Railway Device Developer.

Jack Johnson

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Boxing Champion Invented a Wrench.

James Forten

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Revolutionized the Sail-making Business.

James West

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Created the Affordable Electret Microphone.
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John Parker

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Created a Screw for a Tobacco Press.

Joseph Dickinson

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Developed Improved and Innovative Reed Organs.

Joseph Lee

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Created a Bread Making Machine.

Lewis Temple

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Created the "Temple's Iron" Harpoon.
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Lloyd Hall

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Revolutionized the World of Food Preservation.
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Lonnie Johnson

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Invented the "Super Soaker" toy.
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Mark Dean

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Created innovative Computer Devices.
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Marjorie Joyner

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Invented the "Permanent Waving Machine."

Meredith Gourdine

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Created an Allergen-filtration Device.

Miriam Benjamin

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Invented a "Gong and Signal" chair for hotels.

Norbert Rillieux

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Created Sugar-refining Evaporation Pan System.

Otis Boykin

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Invented Resistors for Pacemakers.

Patricia Bath

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Created a Laser Surgical Device.

Philip Emeagwali

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Created Processes to Innovate Internet Apps.

Richard Spikes

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Invented an Automatic Gear Shift.

Robert Pelham

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Invented Tallying Machine for the Census.

Sarah Goode

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Invented the Folding Cabinet Bed.

Shelby Davidson

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Created Adding Machine Add-ons.

Thomas Elkins

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Created a Refrigerated Apparatus.

Thomas Mensah

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Pioneered the Field of Fiber Optics.

Valerie Thomas

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Developed a 3-D Optical Illusion Device.

Early Inventors – (no photos available)

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Albert Richardson

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Invented a Wooden Butter Churn.
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Benjamin Bradley

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Created a Steam Engine for Warships.
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Benjamin Thornton

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Created an Answering Machine Device.
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Charles Brooks

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Developed the Street-sweeper.
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Daniel McCree

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Created a Portable Home Fire Escape.
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David Fisher

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Creating the "Joiner's Clamp."
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Edward Lewis

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Invented a Spring Gun.
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Henry Blair

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Invented a Seed Planter and Corn Harvester.
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Henry Brown

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Created a Strongbox for Personal Valuables.
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Henry Faulkner

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Created a Ventilated Shoe to Minimize Blisters.
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John Love

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Invented Early Pencil Sharpener.
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Joseph Hawkins

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Improved Gridiron Metal Oven Racks.
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Lloyd Ray

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Created the Dust Pan.
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Matthew Cherry

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Created a Tricycle and a Streetcar Fender.
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Philip Downing

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Created a Street Postal Mailbox.
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Sarah Boone

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Created a Version of the Ironing Board.
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Thomas Jennings

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Developed a "Dry-cleaning" process.
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Thomas Stewart

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Invented a Version of the Mop.
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William Purvis

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Invented a Fountain Pen.
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Willis Johnson

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Invented the Egg-beater.

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