Your Black History: Read About Three Black American Female Inventors You May Not Have Heard Of

imagesBy Victor Trammell

In Black Blue Dog’s month-long Your Black History tribute, our publication has mostly tried to focus on profiling black Americans in history that have contributed to our society in other areas than sports and entertainment.

Today’s edition of our series, which promotes the historical achievements of black Americans features the stories of three women who pioneered key groundbreaking inventions.

 

Marie-Van-Brittan-Brown1. Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown was born on October 30, 1922 in Queens, New York. She was the first person in America to develop the patent for closed circuit television security. Brown’s innovative model was a motorized camera that contained four peepholes. The motorized camera could be moved from one peephole to the other while the camera’s images were able to be displayed on a monitor. The camera’s door could be unlocked remotely by using an electrical switch. Brown was able to officially patent her invention in 1969.  Her brilliant invention laid the ground work for today’s closed circuit television system that law enforcement bureaus and private companies use for crime prevention, traffic monitoring, and surveilance.

220px-Patriciabath2. Dr. Patricia Bath

Dr. Patricia Era Bath was born on November 4, 1942 in Harlem, New York. In 1981, Dr. Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe. The Laserphaco Probe is used to remove cataracts. Cataracts are an eye disease that can cause blindness. However, earlier surgical procedures used to remove cataracts had numerous side effects. In 1988, Dr. Bath perfected her great invention even further and received the first of four patents issued pertaining to the Laserphaco Probe. Dr. Bath’s modifications to the laser probe for cataract removal made the mechanism more accurate and helped the process of removing cataracts occur much more quickly.

Dr-Betty-Harris-351x4143. Dr. Betty Harris

Betty Harris earned her Ph.D. from the University of New New Mexico. After Harris’ earned her doctorate’s  degree in chemistry, she went to work as a reasearch chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. While at Los Alamos, Dr. Harris worked specifically in the explosives field. In 1986, Dr. Harris obtained a patent for a mechanism that identified the sensitivity level of explosives. Her contributions were very significant in the field of science. In 1996, Dr. Harris was one of only eight people selected to be inducted in the National Science Foundation’s “Women in Science” profile.

 

33 Responses to Your Black History: Read About Three Black American Female Inventors You May Not Have Heard Of

  1. Mother & Queen of civilisation once again divinely gives solutions to mankind’s problems without pride or prejudice!!

    Blessed!!!

  2. It’s great to read about the great contributions of women in our GOLDEN LEGACY. Too often we are taught about …or read articles about the men…such as: Frederick Douglass, Elijah McCoy, Langston Hughes, etc.

    But we also have to keep in mind how valuable the women have been to our cause…to uplifting society…and to raising our children…in order that the beat goes on !

  3. Awesome info and proud of the accomplishments.

  4. It’s sad that black history has to be reduced to a 28 day month for blacks in particular and others in general to learn of black achievements other than sports and entertainment here in America today. Many black ancestry can go back only to as far as the records kept by the white man in the buying and selling of us as slaves. Generations of mothers, fathers, sisters,brothers and other kin were separated from each other from 1600 to 1860 at least. Two-hundred and sixty years (13 score) of being pulled from family and no connection to anything except for what a red neck white man said. Black women, mothers’, aiding and abetting the white man to help emasculate the black male,as they raped our women and lynched black men accused of relations with their women. White America wants everybody including black people to think that the Jim Crow, Ku Klix Klan and racism that followed the so called emancipation is not to be included in our black history. This is the real black history, the mindset of white people then and the mindset of them now is still the same and it’s these “still my massa negroes” that want to forget and focus on black achievements. We achieve regardless.

    • RIGHT ON!

    • African American Male seeking Knowledge

      DAVCHI!
      It’s sad that black history has to be reduced to a 28 day month for blacks in particular and others in general to learn of black achievements other than sports and entertainment here in America today. Many black ancestry can go back only to as far as the records kept by the white man in the buying and selling of us as slaves. While telling this story of our being written out of the history of this country PLEASE!tell it like it really is! Alex Hailey did a great deal of informing us of so much of what was missing!In this age of various means of transportation and electronics! WE ARE TO BLAME FOR NOT RESEARCHING/PUBLISHING MORE!Black Americans need to embrace our African Sisters/Brothers now in and still coming to this country and help them to learn and assimilate into their country! Other cultures do it; why don’t/can’t we? I have done this and as a result I have been privileged to visit Ghana, West Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa and Senegal, West Africa; all within less than four (4)years! All too many of us are too d**n busy on our Hippi-christian knees/a***s paying homage to and supporting those who would do us harm! THEY ARE TOO FULL-OF-s**t to even now do the right thing to help ourselves! I am currently writing a book titled: Africans/Black Americans Their Own Worst Enemy! Prove me wrong please! Read: The making of a Slave by Willie Lynch and marinate on it to learn where most of our short comings began and continues even as you read! Then read: What is wrong with BEING BLACK BY Matthew Ashimolowo; an African Pastor! If these two readings alone don’t pucker our black ignorant a***s nothing will! I WARN you so-called christians NOT TO READ IT BECAUSE IT WILL SHATTER YOUR SLAVE MENTALITY WHICH NONE OF YOU ARE READY FOR! Black-on-Black Crime has long passed epidemic proportions and you ignorant bastards still don’t get it! Dr. King surly must be agonizing in his grave! God rest his sainted soul!

  5. That is awesome information & very refreshing to read about these unknown accomplishments by women. I will pass on to my grans….CC

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  7. Shout out to New York! Two of the three inventors profiled were from the City of New York (Queens and Harlem), which says something about our fair city and the opportunities for people to succeed here. Glenn Krasner in the Bronx, NY.

  8. GREAT ARTICLE! This disproves any racist theories of African Americans being less smart, or AA women being hoes! Thank God for these women’s great great work, and contributions to science! For further reading: ‘Black Star series: Black women scientists and inventors.’

  9. a wonderful history lesson of a magnificent,courageous people. must send to my grandchildren, i’m sure this is not being taught in schools,in spite of how many “BlACK hISTORY MONTHS” we’ve had, since “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”,publicly started. maybe our children and grandchildren, can teach the teachers,and the board of ed some things about, Black History, with this kind of information,being made available, i know NYC’s bd of ed, could certainly use some help.thank you Black Blue Dog, for a wonderful reminder of who we are, and the contributions of negro americans, in our country. we are more than a people,we are an incomparable history, and we need to be reminded of this,as often as possible, especially, our children.

  10. John payback brown

    there are literally thousands of black men, and wommen, living, and no longer of this earth…from the distant past….up until this moment in time…..whom have made great contributions to human kind….however for many who are white….as well as more then a few whom are not…it is not politically expedient…that these great men, and women of color….be generally known…..it,s there world order…which has been in force….for hundreds of years…..so the ? is what r we going to do about it!!!

  11. For Davchi and anyone else who is interested in reading the Truth about the brillance of Ancient Africa and their contributions to our present day, please take the time to read works by Jos. A. Bailey,II, M.D.. He is an Ancient African and African American Slavery Historian who has devoted his life to exploring the inner recesses of the Black Mind and making people aware of the Greatness of Blackness. Dr. Bailey has published 31 books on the subject and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Black Voice News in southern California. He can be reached @jab722@sbcglobal.net.

  12. Great article! We need to teach our youth Black History 365 days not just 28. Never forget if we want the truth told about our story we must tell it.

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  14. I’m very glad to have read this. It’s good to know a lot about our BLACK inventors. It’s awesome to learn that are so many out there we have yet to hear & read about.

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