8 Black Female Inventors You Might Not Know


Dr. Patricia Bath is an American ophthalmologist, inventor and academic.  She received a doctorate from Howard University College of Medicine and was also the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. In 1981 she received a patent for the Laserphaco Probe, which is used to treat cataracts. Dr. Bath’s laser probe made cataract surgery faster and more accurate, and she has been credited with saving thousands of people from losing their sight.


Betty Harris received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern University, a master’s degree in chemistry from Atlanta University, and she earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.
She worked extensively in the area of explosives and her research in this area led her to obtain a patent for her invention of a spot test for identifying explosives in a field environment. In 1999  she received the New Mexico Governor’s Trailblazer Award for her achievement.

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