Black Inventors A-Z

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George Alcorn
George Alcorn is an aerospace innovator, responsible for many inventions and patents in a 34-year career at NASA. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

From aerospace innovator George Alcorn to Kevin Woolfolk, who invented high-tech exercise equipment for hamsters, African-American inventors have made major contributions that have helped advance our increasingly technology-driven society. This alphabetical list of popular black inventors provides readers with extensive information on them and their most notable achievements, which includes biographies and multimedia such as images, timelines, and graphics.

Additionally, a separate entry, the "Black Inventors Patent Holders List" has information on more famous figures, though biographical information may or may not be available. For further research we suggest visiting's Black History Month landing page. Recommended biographies are bolded.


George Alcorn -

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Benjamin Banneker - Janet Emerson Bashen - Patricia Bath - Andrew Jackson Beard - Miriam E. Benjamin - Edmond Berger - Henry Blair - Bessie Blount - Sarah Boone - Otis Boykin - Charles Brooks - Phil Brooks - Henry Brown - Marie Brown - Robert Bryant - John Albert Burr


George Washington Carver - George Carruthers - Benjamin S. Carson - Emmett W. Chappelle - John Christian - Donald Cotton - David Crosthwait


- - Joseph Hunter Dickinson - Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus - Charles Richard Drew


Thomas Elkins -



Sarah E. Goode - - George Grant

H, I

Lloyd Augustus Hall - Joycelyn Harrison


Augustus Jackson - Thomas L. Jennings - Jack Johnson - - Willis Johnson Frederick Jones - Marjorie Stewart Joyner - Percy Lavon Julian - Everett Just



Lewis Howard Latimer - Joseph Lee -John Lee Love


Jan Ernst Matzeliger - Elijah McCoy - Alexander Miles - - Garrett Morgan

N, O

Lyda Newman

P, Q

Alice Parker - - Willam Purvis


Lloyd P Ray - - Louis Roberts - Norbert Rillieux


Walter Sammons - Henry Sampson - - Richard Spikes - John Standard - Thomas Stewart - Rufus Stokes

T, U, V

Lewis Temple -

W, X, Y, Z

Madame Walker - James Edward West -John Thomas White - Doctor Daniel Hale Williams - Paul E. Williams - Joseph Winters - Granville Woods - Stanley Woodard -

Learn more about black inventors:

Black Inventors - Database

An extensive list of black inventors holding patents listed by name, patent number and date. While hundreds of black inventors are mentioned, not all include biographical information of the names listed above.

Colors of Innovation - Black Inventors - Written For Students

Many well-known black inventors are discussed in this article, along with historical background to give readers insight into the struggles of black inventors.

The Origins of Black History Month

What we now call "Black History Month" was originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week.

Inventors Trivia Quiz

Want to test your knowledge of the history of black inventors? Give this trivia quiz a try.

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