AFRICAN AMERICAN ICONS
Dr. Patricia Era Bath was the inventor of laser cataract surgery, the Lazerphaco Probe. Bath was the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. The holder of five patents, she also founded the non-profit American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness in Washington, D.C.
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Shirley A. Jackson
Shirley A. Jackson developed caller ID & Call Waiting functions in the 1990s
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Otis F. Boykin
Otis Boykin invented Pace Makers to control regular heart beat.
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Philip Emeagwali developed world’s fastest computer in 1989.
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Mary Jackson was an Aerospace Engineer and Mathematician. Jackson's story features in the 2016 non-fiction book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race. She is one of the three protagonists in Hidden Figures, the film adaptation released the same year.
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Valerie Thompson made possible for receive photos via satellites from space.
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Henry Simpson invented the cell phone and much of its technology.
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Alexander Miles invented and received patent on the automatic closing elevator door.
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