People invent things because the society has problems that need solving. The following African American inventors changed the course of history with their inventions.

Frederick Jones

Frederick Jones invented an automatic refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars in ... Read more

Shirley Jackson

While working at Bell Laboratories, Dr. Shirley Jackson used her knowledge of physics to make develo ... Read more

George Carruthers

George Carruthers invented an image converter for detecting electromagnetic radiation specially in s ... Read more

Lewis Latimer

Lewis Latimer received a patent in January 1882 for the 'Process of Manufacturing Carbons', an impro ... Read more

Otis Boykin

Otis Boykin invented an improved electrical resistor used in computers - radios - television sets an ... Read more

Jan E. Matzeliger

Jan E. Matzeliger invented the first ever shoe making machine. Capable of making up to 700 shoes in ... Read more

Dr. Patricia Bath

Dr. Patricia Bath, an ophthalmologist from New York, invented a laser method for removing cataract l ... Read more

Dr. Mark Dean

Dr. Mark Dean and his co-inventor Dennis Moeller invented a microcomputer system with bus control me ... Read more

Dr. Vivien Thomas

Dr. Vivien Thomas was a pioneer in the research of surgical shock and and cardiovascular surgery.inv ... Read more

Dr. Richard Drew

Dr. Richard Drew researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for ... Read more

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker developed and marketed a successful line of hair products for women of color. Fun ... Read more

Alexander Miles

Alexander Miles improved the method of the opening and closing of elevator doors; and he improved th ... Read more

Garrett Morgan

Garrett Morgan experimented with a liquid that gave sewing machine needles a high polish and prevent ... Read more

James Edward West

Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West. If you've ... Read more

Lonnie George Johnson

Lonnie George Johnson, who holds more than 100 patents, is best known for inventing the Super Soaker ... Read more

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith patented the lawn sprinkler, and later patented an improvement of the original design. ... Read more