Black Inventors Through the Years

A List of Renowned Black Inventors

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 About.com's Black History Month landing page. Recommended biographies are bolded.

Alcorn to Burr

George Alcorn -​ Nathaniel Alexander - Virgie Ammons ​- 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 - Robert Bryant - John Albert Burr

Carver to Edkins

George Washington Carver - George Carruthers - Benjamin S. Carson - Emmett W. Chappelle - John Christian - ​Joseph Hunter Dickinson - Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus - Charles Richard Drew - Thomas Elkins 

Goode to Just

Sarah E. Goode - George Grant - Lloyd Augustus Hall - Joycelyn Harrison - Augustus Jackson - Thomas L. Jennings - Jack Johnson - Marjorie Stewart Joyner - Percy Lavon Julian - Everett Just

Latimer to Newman

Lewis Howard Latimer - John Lee Love ​- Jan Ernst Matzeliger - Elijah McCoy - Alexander Miles -  Garrett Morgan - Lyda Newman

Purvis to Stokes

Willam Purvis ​- Lloyd P RayNorbert Rillieux - Henry Sampson - John Standard - Thomas Stewart - Rufus Stokes

Walker to Woodard

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

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.