We take a look at the top most famous black inventors of all time, studying the countless contributions they have made to science, industry and human life.

Throughout history, Black inventors have been most revered especially for their dedication and passion toward research, relentless inquisition and top-notch design skills. Right from the colonial times up until this age, the African-American descent was responsible for the discovery and advancement in various sectors ranging from medicine to industrialisation. And what’s intriguing is the fact that most of the world’s greatest inventions like the traffic light, owe their success to these famous Black inventors. These famous Black inventors and their desire to break stereotypes and push the envelope despite being caught up in critical situations is why their struggles are respected even till this day. Black inventors like George Washington Carver, Garrett Morgan, Lewis Latimer, and Lonnie Johnson still remain some of the immortal names for their inventions. There’s still more to learn about these famous Black Inventors- keep reading and you might even be surprised at some of the inventions!
George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
(Scientist & Inventor)

01 January 1864

05 January 1943

Diamond, Missouri, U.S.



Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
(Compiler of Almanacs)

09 November 1731

09 October 1806

Baltimore County



Garrett MorganGarrett Morgan

04 March 1877

27 July 1963




Patricia BathPatricia Bath
(Ophthalmologist, Physician)

04 November 1942




Sarah E. GoodeSarah E. Goode

1855 AD

08 April 1905

Toledo, Ohio, United States


Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones

17 May 1893

21 February 1961




Otis BoykinOtis Boykin
(American inventor)

29 August 1920

13 March 1982

Dallas, Texas, United States



Madam C.J. WalkerMadam C.J. Walker
(Civil Rights Activist, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur)

1867 AD

1919 AD

Percy JulianPercy Julian
(Academic, Civil Rights Activist, Chemist, Scientist, Medical Professional)

1899 AD

1975 AD

Granville T. WoodsGranville T. Woods

1856 AD

1910 AD

George CarruthersGeorge Carruthers
(Physicist, Scientist)

1939 AD

Lonnie G. JohnsonLonnie G. Johnson
(Engineer, Inventor)

1949 AD

Lyda NewmanLyda Newman
(Civil Rights Activist, Women)
David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.
(Engineer, Journalist, Inventor)

1898 AD

1976 AD