Over the next several weeks, Empower Magazine is featuring a series of Empowering Firsts salutes to Black Inventors who are championed as pillars of industry. The inventors highlighted in this series are the top 15 picks of author, Keith C. Holmes, from his book Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success.
We will shine the spotlight on these inventors by sharing highlights drawn from Holmes’ celebrated book which is now available in over 1,500 national, schools, state, university and public libraries, including museums, research centers and schools as a paperback in over 40 countries.
Through years of research, Holmes compiled over four hundred inventions which generated jobs for millions of people and produced income in the billions of dollars in the world economy. Inventors help to sustain the economic weight of the world.
The Black Inventor – Pillars of Industry
The United States is among the world leaders in the development of patents and trademarks, aided in part by the ideas, innovations and inventions of Black inventors. The list below provides a small sample of the Black Atlases who through their discoveries, inventions, innovations and ideas, have made this world a better place.
Jelani Aliyu is a Nigerian-born car designer who designed General Motors first electric car, the Chevrolet Volt. As power conservation in automobile design begins to become more described, this car could gradually help to revolutionize the automobile industry.
Dr. George Washington Carver
Born in Diamond Grove, Missouri, Dr. George Washington Carver was inducted into the National Inventor Hall of Fame for his many inventions. Carver’s pioneering work in peanuts, pecans, soil and plants revolutionized the use of plants and crops and provided an alternative to using chemicals. In 1933, Dr. Carver’s experiments, research and product development of peanuts were responsible for Congress’ enactment of Section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 -legislation passed to protect peanuts grown and produced in the United States. His pioneering work saved lives and farms, and generated billions of dollars in income. Dr. Carver managed to patent only three of his ideas. If he had sought patents for all of his discoveries and works, they would number over one thousand. Dr. Carver was known as the “Father of Agronomy,” “Father of the Peanut Industry” and the “Wizard of Tuskegee” – patents, 1925-1927.
Mark Edward Dean
Mark Edward Dean was born in Jefferson City, Kentucky and was inducted into the National Inventor Hall of Fame. Dean held over 200 domestic and international patents and also worked on the development of bus control allowing the control of peripheral processing devices for disk drives, video gear, speakers and scanners. Dean led the team that developed the first gigahertz chip that is capable of doing a billion calculations per second. He has received countless awards and recognition including the IBM Invention Achievement Award and the IBM Outstanding Innovation Award – patents 1981-2007.
About Keith Holmes
Keith C. Holmes has spent more than twenty years researching information on inventions by Black people from over 70 countries. Without innovations, inventions, plans, financial resources, labor saving devices, materials and muscle, no civilization can exist and flourish. Black inventors, from the very beginning of their involvement in the invention and patenting process, have had an important and earth shattering impact on the world. This book highlights the work of early black inventors from almost all fifty states in the United States, including the first Black inventor who obtained a patent in both the Caribbean and the United States. For more information, visit www.globalblackinventor.com.