February 9, 2022

Famous Black Inventors

February 11th is National Inventor’s Day. In light of this holiday and Black History Month, we thought it was a perfect time to highlight some of the amazing and ingenious black inventors who helped to shape the modern world we know.

Here is a list of 10 notable famous Black Inventors and Inventions to take note of:

  1. Charles Richard Drew – The Blood Bank
  2. Richard Spikes – Automatic Gear Shift
  3. John Purdy – Folding Chair
  4. Dr. George Grant – Golf Tees
  5. Joseph A. Smith – Lawn Sprinkler
  6. Thomas Elkins – Modern Toilet
  7. Maurice W. Lee – Pressure Cooker
  8. Lyda Newman – Hair Brush
  9. J.F. Pickering – Blimp
  10. S.R. Scottron – Curtain Rod

This list does not even begin to scratch the surface of all the brilliant inventions that were created by so many, often unknown, Black inventors. We encourage you to research and learn even more about their historical inventions and how they changed America and the world with their ideas.