Famous Black Inventors & Discoverers

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 1 Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable

Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable
Famous As: Pioneer
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Marc, Haiti
Died: August 28, 1818

Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable is considered the first permanent non-Indigenous settler of the area that would later become known as Chicago, Illinois. He was of African descent and married to a Native American woman. He established a prosperous trading settlement and traded around the Great Lakes and in the Illinois Country. He is recognized as the "Founder of Chicago." 

 2 William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dowa, Malawi

 3 Granville Woods

Granville Woods
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1910

Granville Woods was 10 when he began working at a machine shop, while continuing his studies at a night school. He grew up to become a steam locomotive engineer and earned the nickname the Black Edison for his countless inventions, most of which were related to electrical systems for railways.

 4 Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath
Famous As: Former Inventor known for Invention of Laserphaco Probe
Birthdate: November 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 30, 2019

Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath is remembered for her pathbreaking invention of the Laserphaco Probe, which made laser cataract surgery possible. The first Black female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center and the first female faculty staff of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, she dedicated her life to curing blindness.

 5 Sarah E. Goode

Sarah E. Goode
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: April 8, 1905

 6 Moses Fleetwood Walker

Moses Fleetwood Walker
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 7, 1856
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Died: May 11, 1924

 7 Otis Boykin

Otis Boykin
Famous As: American inventor
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: March 13, 1982
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 8 Lyda D. Newman

Lyda D. Newman
Famous As: Inventor and involved activist for women's suffrage
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 9 Ayodele Awojobi

Ayodele Awojobi
Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: March 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oshodi-Isolo
Died: September 23, 1984

Ayodele Awojobi was a Nigerian academic, inventor, author, activist, and social crusader. Regarded as a scholarly genius by his peers and teachers alike, Awojobi became the first African to earn a degree of Doctor of Science at the Imperial College London. His research papers in the field of vibration are often referred to and studied by researchers around the world.

 10 Momolu Duwalu Bukele

Momolu Duwalu Bukele
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 30, 1788
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liberia
Died: October 1, 1888