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American Black History Month: Dr. Patricia Bath (1942 - ) Inventor, Doctor & Educator

on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 23:57

Born in Harlem, New York, Dr. Patricia Bath was encouraged by her parents and her teachers to excel in her academic studies at a very young age. Growing up, she realized she wanted to make a difference in the world after learning about the humanitarian effort of Dr. Albert Schweitzer in servicing a leper village in the Congo. Throughout her life, Dr. Bath has battled sexism and racism, but instead of allowing the bias to define her, she simply succeeded in spite of it.  

Among her many accomplishments, Patricia Bath became the first

American Black History Month: Garrett Morgan (1877-1963)

on Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:51

In support of Black History Month, we're highlighting Garrett Morgan, American inventor, entrepreneur and community leader. Garrett Morgan is best known for creating life saving inventions, including a smoke mask for firefighters, and the first three signal traffic light. For more information, search Engineering Village databases Compendex, Inspec, NTIS, 1884-2016: ((Garrett Morgan) WN ALL)

Garrett Morgan was born in Kentucky and later moved to Cincinnati where he dropped out of school to work full-time in order to support his family.

American Black History Month: Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)

on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 17:07

Benjamin Banneker was a self-taught inventor, scientist, mathematician, almanac author, surveyor, humanitarian and farmer. Banneker, a descendant of enslaved Africans, was born free in Maryland and taught to read by his grandmother as a young boy. A natural mathematician and inventor, Banneker, in his early 20s, created a working clock made almost entirely out of wood and without any instruction.

Benjamin Banneker was also an advocate to eradicate slavery.