Born after 1987? These are 7 African American inventors that made your life amazing.
1. Lonnie G. Johnson
If you remember the super soaker toy Gun from the early to mid-nineties. Johnson was the inventor behind it. He later went on to develop various nerf projectiles. In 2013, Johnson was awarded $73 million after he found that he was underpaid in royalties from the companies that used his patents.
Johnson holds over 80 patents and started his career in the air force working in the weapons laboratory. He later went onto founding his Research and development corporation. Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc.
2. James Edward Maceo West
He is an American inventor and acoustician. He holds over 250 foreign and U.S. patents for the production and design of microphones and techniques for creating polymer foil-electrets.
You saw before the 1960s microphones needed a lot of external power and did not pick up a wide range of sounds. West developed the electret that picked up a wide range of sounds while not needed a power source. So if you use the microphone in your phone computer, you are using the technology of James West.
3. Mark E Dean
He refined the personal computer, color PC monitor, and gigahertz chip. Mark Dean owned a third of the patents in original IBM personal computer. The computer technologies for consumers has vastly improved since then. But a lot of the technology that he developed in how computers and to communicate with other systems around it is still used in industrial and military systems.
4. Gerald Lawson
If you are into video games, then you should be thankful for this man. He paved the way for systems such as Atari 2600, Nintendo, Xbox and Playstation by creating the first interchangeable system in video games. Lawson died in Mountain View California in 2011. He is survived by his wife and two children.
5. Janet Emerson Bashen
She patented a software program to assist with web-based equal employment opportunity investigations. She went on to create a human resource consulting firm that focuses on equal opportunity employment compliance which investigates civil rights violations and employee misconduct.
6. Kenneth J Dunkley
Enjoy those 3D movies and 3D glasses? Kenneth Dunkley invented it. He is also recognized in the process of making holography. He was way ahead of his time.
7. John Henry Thompson
He was interested in computer programming manages from high school. He taught himself. Goal to develop his own computer language. He developed products based on Lingo programming. It helps render visuals on computers. It was used in the programs created by Macromedia and Shockwave which was later bought by Adobe. So if you ever used an online video game, or used a website in the last ten years, you have benefited from his work.