Archive for the ‘Black History’ Category

Day 23 William B. Purvis – 28 days of Black History in Technology

William B. Purvis (Date of birth unknown) he was an inventor in the late 1800’s.  He was a African American inventor who decided to make a better mouse trap.  Mr. Purvis turned reality upside down when he invented what is known as the “Fountain Pen”. I’m guessing through real ups and downs he considered the […]

Day 22 William A. Lavalette – 28 days of Black History in Technology

William A. Lavalette an African-America was awarded patent number 208,208 in September 17, 1878 for improvements to the printing press. It was very hard to find any information about William Lavalette, it was even harder to but, I was able to find the actual drawing of these new improvements after much searching. Just know that as you […]

Day 21 Henry T. Sampson, Jr. – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Henry Thomas Sampson, Jr. was born in 1934, he attended Morehouse College, but graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, later he rececied a MS, and PhD. He is the first African American to earn a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering in the United States. Sampson was employed as a research chemical engineer at the […]

Day 20 Dr. Caldwell McCoy, Jr – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Dr. Caldwell McCoy, Jr was born June 27, 1933 in Hartford, Connecticut.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, MS in Mathematics, and Doctor of Science degrees in Telecommunications. Dr. Caldwell served in the USAF from 1956 to 1959, as a Combat Flyer with the Stetegic Air Command.  Dr. Caldwell’s employment  with the […]

Day 19 Frederick M. Jones – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Frederick M. Jones was born on May 17, 1892 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He learned electronic devices largely thought self-taught methods and work experiences.  So education was not his first direction, be he was still able to be granted over 40 patents in the field of refrigeration. In 1935 he invented the first automatic refrigeration system […]

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