Black Inventors

This Doctor Invented Goggles That Can See Cancerous Cells and He’s Not Stopping There

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New Pro-black Comic Series Pushes for Netflix on Kickstarter

Avid readers of Urban Intellectuals may remember our first article about Manuel Godoy’s innovative video game demo, released last summer, entitled Black Sands: Legends of Kemet. The game would be the first of its kind, setting the record straight for a history that has been rewritten continuously to cast the African civilization of Kemet as …

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#BlackMagic: Thirteen-Year Old Creates Electricity-Free Fan

During Black History Month, we often celebrate the innovations that savvy black inventors have made throughout the years. From the traffic light to the Super Soaker, black people have always used our resourcefulness to make the world a better place. But our inventiveness didn’t stop in the 19th century! We have present day tech entrepreneurs …

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George Alcorn Invented the Imaging X-ray Spectrometer

George Alcorn is mostly known for inventing the imaging X-ray spectrometer, however this was one of at least 20 inventions that the talented man produced during his works alongside the likes of Philco-Ford, Perkin-Elmer, IBM and NASA. He is the holder of eight patents. Born in 1940 he went onto attend (on scholarship) Occidental College in …

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James Edward West Created the Affordable Low Power Electric Microphone

James Edward West was born on 10th February 1931 in Farville, Virginia. His father held many jobs and his mother was a schoolteacher. She worked at Langley Air Force Base during World War II but later lost her job because she was involved in the NAACP. At just 12 years old, West worked alongside his …

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Norbert Rillieux Created A Sugar Refining Evaporation Pan System, Revolutionising The Industry

Norbert Rillieux was born on March 17, 1806 to a prominet Creole family in Louisiana. He is widely considered as one of the earliest chemical engineers. Rilleux worked on a lot of things in his life and made many advancements, however he is most well know for creating  a sugar refining evaporation pan system that revolutionised the …

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Charles R. Drew – Responsible for Developing Modern Large-Scale Blood Banks

Charles R. Drew was the first black surgeon examiner of the American Board of Surgery. He was a revolutionary in the field, he created a system to allow the immediate and safe transfusion of blood plasma, he devloped large scale blood banks and so much more. And this was all just after World War II! …

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Granville T. Woods – Key Contributions To Development Of The Telephone, Car and More

Born on April 23, 1856, in Columbus, Ohio Granville T. Woods only made it to 10 years old before leaving school to work. He did so to support his family, he became an prentice to a machinist and learned to be a blacksmith and became heavily involved in the workings of machinery. This led to him becoming …

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South African Duo Create Solar-Powered Bags that Turn into Lights at Night

Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane had absolutely no idea what they wanted to make or do when they registered their company at first. All they had in mind was to grow a business that would also help the planet and the community. Four years later, their dream became a reality. By inventing a way to …

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