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Thousands of African-American inventors have developed various inventions over the years that have greatly impacted culture. However, today we are highlighting only 10 African-American inventors who have “shifted” the fields of science, medicine and technology.

Dr. Patricia E. Bath

She was the first African-American female doctor to receive a patent in medicine for her invention of the Laserphaco Probe. a medical device that improved the method in which cataracts is removed from the eyes in 1988.

Lewis Latimer

Did you know an African-American man was one of Thomas Edison’s right hand men? That’s right. Lewis Latimer actually received a patent on an IMPROVEMENT of Edison’s original paper filament in light bulbs. Thanks to Latimer who patented the carbon filament in 1881, light bulbs are where they are today.

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