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Inventors

30 Aug

I am enjoying my journey of learning especially because I have found some modern day African American Inventors.

There are many African Americans inventors.  Today we will learn about Alexander Miles, Alexander Brown, Bessie Blount, Benjamin Banneker, Earl Lucas, George Washington Carver and George E Alcorn Jr.

Alexander Miles invented the elevator and Alexander Brown invented the automatic mechanism to close the doors of the elevator.

Bessie Blount was a Physical Therapist, who invented a device that would feed the disabled one bite at a time by biting down on a tube.

Benjamin Banneker built one of  the first watches in America, a wooden pocket watch and he saved the survey layout of Washington D.C by reproducing the plan in from memory.

Earl Lucas is a Designer at the Ford Motor Company.

George Washington Carver was an Agricultural Chemist and invented peanut butter and discovered over 300 ways to use peanuts.  He also invented  500 different shades of dye and  his is responsible for the process of producing paints and dyes from soybeans.   President Franklin D. Roosevelt honored George Washington Carver with a national monument dedicated to his accomplishments on July 14, 1943.

George E Alcorn Jr invented the Spectrometer.  The Spectrometer assists scientists in identifying a material by producing an x-ray spectrum of it, allowing it to be examined visually. Alcorn patented his “method for fabricating an imaging x-ray spectrometer” in 1984. George E. Alcorn was awared the NASA/GSFC Inventor of the Year Award.

Can you tell who are the modern day inventors listed above? 

To learn more about this individuals go to http://www.african-americaninventors.org  or simply type in the name on an internet search engine.

More to come from the Africana Princess.

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