Posts Tagged ‘black inventors’

Day 28 Benjamin Banneker – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Benjamin Banneker was born in 1731, it’s said he was born to a colonial American who was an indentured servant at one time but by the time Banneker was born he was born free, but with all things when it comes to African American’s it’s hard to trace the true origins of some people’s history. […]

Day 24 Alexander Miles – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Alexander Miles made improvements to the Electric Elevator patent #371,207 improved the method of the opening and closing of elevator doors.  This was very important because before his invention patrons of the elevator had to close the door manually.  Sometimes this created a situation with bad results because people would not always shut the door, […]

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 […]

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