20 Black Inventions Over The Last 100 Years You May Not Know

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Gerald A. Lawson (1940 -2011)

What He Invented: The Modern Home-Video Gaming Console.

Why It’s Important: Anyone who owns a Playstation, Wii or Xbox should know Lawson’s name. He created the first home video-game system that used interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games and giving video-game makers a way to earn profits by selling individual games, a business model that exists today.

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Patricia Bath (1942-Present)

What She Invented: The Cataract Laserphaco Probe.

Why It’s Important: Her device used an innovative method of removing cataract lenses with a laser, which was more accurate than the drill-like instruments that were in common use at the time. The  New York ophthalmologist’s invention, patented in 1988,  helped save the eyesight of millions and even restored sight to people who had been blind for more than 30 years.

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Marc Hannah ( 1956-Present)

What He Invented: 3-D Graphics Technology Used in Films.

Why It’s Important: Anyone awed by the special effects in the films Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and The Abyss should thank Chicago-native Marc Hannah. The computer scientist is one of the founders, in 1982, of the software firm Silicon Graphics (now SGI), where the special-effects genius developed 3-D graphics technology that would be used in many Hollywood movies.

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Garrett Morgan (1877-1963)

What He Invented: The Modern-Day Gas Mask.

Why It’s Important:  In 1916, Garrett Morgan made national news by using his gas mask to rescue 32 men trapped during an explosion in an underground tunnel 250 feet beneath Lake Erie. His invention has saved the lives of many firemen, police and soldiers across the world.

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Comments

  1. Colette says:

    This is great stuff – I love it!

  2. Dr. Victor Lawrence from Ghana who has 20 patents involving DSL technology that makes you surf the Internet.