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Black inventions you never learned about in school

2/25/2014, 3:29 p.m.
Black History Month is a time when African-Americans can reflect on the many accomplishments of historic Black figures and their ...
Mark Dean, African-American inventor and computer engineer.

David Crosthwait, Jr. - Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Crosthwait earned a B.S. in 1913 and M.S. in 1920 from Purdue University. An expert on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, he designed the heating system for Radio City Music Hall in New York. During his lifetime he received about 40 U.S. patents relating to HVAC systems;

Patricia Bath- Born in Harlem, New York, Bath holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and an M.D. from Howard University. She is a co-founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. Bath is best known for her invention of the Laserphaco Probe for the treatment of cataracts;

Mark Dean- Dean was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He led the team of IBM scientists that developed the ISA bus— a device that enabled computer components to communicate with each other rapidly, which made personal computers fast and efficient for the first time. Dean also led the design team responsible for creating the first one-gigahertz computer processor chip. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997;

Lonnie G. Johnson- Inventor of the famous watergun, the Supersoaker, Johnson is an Aerospace Engineer for NASA, the American Space Agency. Alongside one of the best-known toys of modern times, Lonnie has invented various systems for implementation in NASA rockets;

Otis Boykin- The inventor of 28 useful electronic devices, Boykin’s famed for the development of IBM computers, pacemakers (used by medical staff to correct faulty heartbeats), and an electronic resistor used in controlled missiles and other devices; and

Elijah McCoy- McCoy was credited for over 50 inventions during his productive career. The most well-known of these is a cup that feeds lubricating oil onto moving parts of steam engines, vital for avoiding sticking to the track. His success in the lubrication and railroad industry led to the development of the saying “the real McCoy.”