Black History Month - African American Inventors

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Black history inventors are listed alphabetically: use the A to Z index bar to navigate and select or just browse the many listings. Each listing has the name of the black inventor followed by the patent number(s) which is the unique number assigned to an invention when a patent is issued, the date the patent was issued, and a description of the invention as written by the inventor. If available, links are provided to in-depth articles, biographies, illustrations and photos on each individual inventor or patent. 

James J. Mabary

  • #530699, 12/11/1894, cutter for trimming soles of boots or shoes
  • #532171, 1/6/1895, cutter for trimming soles of boots or shoes

Arthur L MacBeth

  • #1,419,281, 6/13/1922, Picture projection theater Hugh D MacDonald Jr.
  • #3,447,767, 6/3/1969, Rocket catapult

John L Mack

  • #4,596,041, 6/17/1986, Participant-identification recording and playback system

Shannon L Madison

  • #3,208,232, 9/28/1965, Refrigerating apparatus
  • #4,793,820, 12/27/1988, Electrical wiring harness termination system

Walter G Madison

  • #1,047,098, 12/10/1912, Flying machine

Kenneth Morgan Maloney

  • #3,868,266, 2/25/1975, Alumina coatings for an electric lamp
  • #4,079,288, 3/13/1978, Alumina coatings for mercury vapor lamps

Calvin R Mapp

  • #4,033,347, 7/5/1977, Disposable syringe

Patrick Marshall

  • #5,947,121, 9/7/1999, Tracheotomy tube water blocking system

Willis Marshall

  • #341,589, 5/11/1886, Grain binder

Thomas J Martin

  • #125,063, 3/26/1872, Improvement in fire extinguishers

Washington A Martin

  • #407,738, 7/23/1889, Lock
  • #443,945, 12/30/1890, Lock

Onassis Matthews

  • #6,704,638, 3/9/2004, Torque estimator for engine RPM and torque control, Co-inventors Michael Livshiz, Joseph Robert Dulzo, Donovan L Dibble, Alfred E Spitza, Jr, Scott Joseph Chynoweth
  • #6,761,146, 7/13/2004, Model following torque control, Co-inventors Michael Livshiz, Joseph Robert Dulzo, Donovan L Dibble, Scott Joseph Chynoweth
  • #7,069,136, 6/27/2006, Acceleration based cruise control system, Co-inventors Tameem K Assaf, Joseph R Dulzo
  • #7,159,623, 1/9/2007, Apparatus and methods for estimating vehicle fuel composition, Co-inventors Mark D Carr, Joseph R Dulzo, Christopher R Graham, Richard B Jess, Ian J MacEwen, Jeffrey A Sell, Michael J Svestka, Julian R Verdejo

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

  • #274,207, 3/20/1883, Automatic method for lasting shoes
  • #421,954, 2/25/1890, Nailing machine
  • #423,937, 3/25/1890, Tack separating and distributing mechanism
  • #459,899, 9/22/1891, Lasting machine
  • #415,726, 11/26/1899, Mechanism for distributing tacks, nails, etc.

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Andre McCarter

  • #6,049,910, 4/18/2000, 6,049,910, Athletic training glove

Walter N McClennan

  • #1,333,430, 3/9/1920, Automatic railway car door
  • #RE 15,338, 4/18/1922, Car door actuating mechanism
  • #1,518,208, 12/9/1924, Coin mechanism

Elijah McCoy

  • #129,843, 7/23/1872, automatic oil cup
  • #130,305, 8/6/1872, Improvement in lubricators for steam engines
  • #139,407, 5/27/1873, Improvement in lubricator
  • #146,697, 1/20/1874, Improvement in steam lubricators
  • #150,876, 5/12/1874, Improvement in ironing tables
  • #173,032, 2/1/1876, Improvement in steam cylinder lubricator
  • #179,585, 7/4/1876, Improvement in steam cylinder lubricators
  • #255,443, 3/28/1882, Lubricator
  • #261,166, 7/18/1882, Lubricator
  • #320,354, 6/16/1885, Lubricator
  • #320,379, 6/16/1885, Steam dome for locomotives
  • #357,491, 2/8/1887, Lubricator
  • #361,435, 4/19/1887, Lubricator attachment
  • #363,529, 5/24/1887, Lubricator for slide valves
  • #383,745, 5/29/1888, Lubricator
  • #383,746, 5/29/1888, Lubricator
  • #418,139, 12/24/1889, Lubricator (co-inventor Clarence B Hodges)
  • #460,215, 9/29/1891, Dope cup
  • #465,875, 12/29/1891, Lubricator
  • #472,066, 4/5/1892, Lubricator
  • #610,634, 9/13/1898, Lubricator
  • #611,759, 10/4/1898, Lubricator
  • #614,307, 11/15/1898, Oil cup
  • #627,623, 6/27/1899, Lubricator

Melvin McCoy

  • #4,664,395, 5/12/1987, Multi-purpose uniaxial litter enginery or M.U.L.E.

Daniel McCree

  • #440,322, 11/11/1890, Portable fire escape

DeWayne McCulley

  • #5,202,726, 4/13/1993, Facilitation of the diagnosis of malfunctions and set-up of a reproduction machine.

Hansel L McGee

  • #3,214,282, 10/26/1965, Method of preparation of carbon transfer inks

Lawrence McNair

  • D546453, 7/10/2007, Ray Cassette Holder (for the medical field of Radiology)

Luther McNair

  • #1,034,636, 8/6/1912, Sanitary attachment for drinking glasses

Albert Mendenhall

  • #637,811, 11/28/1899, Holder for driving reins

Alexander Miles

James E Millington

  • #3,316,178, 4/25/1967, Thermostable dielectric material
  • #4,286,069, 8/25/1981, Method of making expandable styrene-type beads
  • #4,730,027, 3/8/1988, Method of making styrene-type polymer comprising suspension polymerization conducted in aqueous medium containing combination of polyvinyl alcohol and sulfonated polystyrene or sulfonated styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer.

Ruth J Miro

  • #6,113,298, 9/5/2000, Paper ring
  • #6,764,100, 7/20/2004, Stationery organizer

Charles Lewis Mitchell

  • #291,071 1/1/1884 Device for aid in vocal culture

James M Mitchell

  • #641,462 1/16/1900 Check row corn planter

James W Mitchell

  • #5,441,013 8/15/1995 Method for growing continuous diamond films

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Jay H Montgomery

  • #1,910,626, 5/23/1933, Aeroplane aerofoil wing

Jay Montgomery

  • #1,694,680, 12/11/1928, Food product and process of producing the same

William U Moody

  • #D 27,046, 5/11/1897, Design for a game board

Jerome Moore

  • #5252787, 10/12/1993, Combine Stethoscope & Watch, Co-inventors Gwendolyn Moore and Sidney L Harley
  • #D346973, 5/17/1994, Combine Stethoscope & Watch, Co-inventor Gwendolyn Moore
  • #D284790, 7/22/1986, Stethoscope with flexible Sound Tubing
  • #D298054, 10/11/1988, Trauma Cassette Holder for lateral X-Rays
  • #D370497, 6/4/1996, Combine Light & Writing Pen on Rope, Co-inventor Gwendolyn Moore
  • #D387160, 12/2/1997, Recording Stethoscope, Co-inventor Gwendolyn Moore
  • #D394314, 5/12/1998, CardioCare Stethoscope, Co-inventors Gwendolyn Moore and Shiu Wen Kao

Samuel Moore

  • #1,608,903, 11/30/1926, Self-directing headlight
  • #1,658,534, 2/7/1928, Vehicle-headlight mechanism
  • #1,659,328, 2/14/1928, Locomotive headlight
  • #1,705,991, 3/19/1929, Hobby horse
  • #2,006,027, 6/25/1935, Fuel-valve lock for motor vehicles

SherLann D Moore

  • #6,101,643, 8/15/2000, Portable Hot Sink System

King Morehead

  • #568,916, 10/6/1896, Reel carrier

Garrett A Morgan

Joel Morton Morris

  • #3,688,047 8/29/1972 Switching system charging arrangement

William L Muckelroy

  • #3,691,497, 9/21/1972, Leadless microminiature inductance element with closed magnetic circuit
  • #3,812,442, 5/21/1974, Ceramic inductor

Nathaniel John Mullen

  • #3,880,542, 4/29/1975, Asphalt paving vehicles

Wilbert Murdock

  • #4,608,998, 9/2/1986, Knee alignment monitoring apparatus

George W Murray

  • #517,960, 4/10/1894, Combined furrow opener and stalk-knocker
  • #517,961, 4/10/1894, Cultivator and marker
  • #520,887, 6/5/1894, Planter
  • #520,888, 6/5/1894, Cotton chopper
  • #520,889, 6/5/1894, Fertilizer distributor
  • #520,890, 6/5/1894, Planter
  • #520,891, 6/5/1894, Combined cotton seed planter and fertilizer distributor
  • #520,892, 6/5/1894, Reaper

William Murray

  • #99,463, 2/1/1870, Corn harvester
  • #445,452, 1/27/1891, Attachment for bicycles

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