Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer, gave us video game cartridges
To celebrate Black History Month, Engadget is running a series of profiles honoring African-American pioneers in the world of science and technology. Tod
Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer, gave us video game cartridges
To celebrate Black History Month, Engadget is running a series of profiles honoring African-American pioneers in the world of science and technology. Tod
Paul Q. Judge
Paul Q. Judge (born 1977 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.) is an award-winning technologist, entrepreneur, and speaker. Judge was a technical expert for the Federal Trade Commission in the 2005 Report ...
Miriam Benjamin
Miriam E. Benjamin (September 16, 1861 – 1947) was an African-American school teacher and inventor from Washington, D.C. On July 17, 1888 she obtained a patent for her invention, the Gong and Signal C...
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Marjorie Joyner
Marjorie Stewart Joyner (October 24, 1896 – December 27, 1994) was an American businesswoman. She was born in 1896, in Monterey, Virginia. She was the granddaughter of a slave owner and a slave...
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John Parker (abolitionist)
John P. Parker (1827 – February 4, 1900) was an African-American abolitionist, inventor, iron moulder and industrialist who helped hundreds of slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad resistance ...
John Parker (abolitionist) - Wikipedia
Traffic signal
Traffic lights, also known as traffic signals, traffic lamps, traffic semaphore, signal lights, stop lights and robots, and also known technically as traffic control signals are signalling devices pos...
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The real McCoy
"The real McCoy" is an idiom and metaphor used in much of the English-speaking world to mean "the real thing" or "the genuine article", e.g., "he's the real McCoy". The phrase has been the subject of ...
Madam C. J. Walker
Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. S...
Madam C. J. Walker - Wikipedia
Jerry Lawson (engineer)
Gerald Anderson "Jerry" Lawson (December 1, 1940 – April 9, 2011) was an American electronic engineer known for his work in designing the Fairchild Channel F video game console. During developm...
Jerry Lawson (engineer) - Wikipedia
Marie Van Brittan Brown
Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999) invented the home security system (patent number 3,482,03Albert Brown. The patent was granted in 1969. Brown was born in Queens, New York;...
Samuel R. Scottron
Samuel Raymond Scottron (February 1841 - October 14, 1908) was a prominent African-American inventor from Brooklyn, N.Y. who began his career as a barber. He was born in Philadelphia in 1841. He recei...
Richard Spikes
Richard Spikes (1884-1962) was an African-American engineer from San Francisco, California. He is best known for a patent he received pertaining to automobile directional signals, which he installed ...
Henry Cecil McBay
Henry Ransom Cecil McBay (1914–1995) was an African - American chemist and a teacher.
McBay was born "Henry Ransom McBay" (named from his maternal grandfather, Henry Ransom) in 1914 in Mexia, Texa...
Henry E. Baker
Henry Edwin Baker, Jr. (1 September 1857 – 27 April 1928) was the third African American to enter the United States Naval Academy. He later served as an assistant patent examiner in the United States ...
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George Robert Carruthers
George Robert Carruthers (born October 1, 1939) is an African-American inventor, physicist, and space scientist. He has lived most of his life in Washington, DC.
From a young age he showed an inte...
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Henry Sampson (inventor)
Henry T. Thomas Sampson, Jr. (born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1934) is an African American inventor.
Henry T. Sampson graduated from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi in 1951. He then att...
Ben Montgomery
Benjamin T. Montgomery (1819–1877) was an influential African-American inventor, landowner, and freedman.
Ben Montgomery was born in captivity in Loudoun County, Virginia. In 1837, he was sold sou...
Indiana Avenue
Indiana Avenue is a historic area in downtown and is one of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana Avenue was, during its glory days, an African American cultural center o...
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Mark Dean (computer scientist)
Mark E. Dean (born March 2, 1957) is an American inventor and a computer engineer. He was part of the team that developed the ISA bus, and he led a design team for making a one-gigahertz computer proc...
Garrett Morgan
Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was an African-American inventor and community leader. His most notable inventions included a type of protective respiratory hood (or...
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Jesse Russell
Jesse Eugene Russell (born April 26, 1948) is an American inventor. Trained as an electrical engineer at Tennessee State University and Stanford University, and working in the field of wireless commun...
A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles (born June 7, 1952) is an African-American journalist.
Bundles grew up in Indianapolis in a family of civic minded business executives. She was named after A'Lelia Walker (1885–193...
Norbert Rillieux
Norbert Rillieux (March 17, 1806 – October 8, 1894), a Creole American inventor and engineer, is most noted for his invention of the multiple-effect evaporator, an energy-efficient means of evap...
Norbert Rillieux - Wikipedia
Sarah E. Goode
Sarah Elizabeth Goode (1855 – April 8, 1905) was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the very first African-American woman to receive a United States patent.She was born Sarah Elizabeth Jacobs in 18...
Sarah E. Goode - Wikipedia
Lewis Howard Latimer
Lewis Howard Latimer (September 4, 1848 – December 11, 1928) was an African-American inventor and draftsman.
Lewis Howard Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1848, th...
Lewis Howard Latimer - Wikipedia