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Black Inventors A-Z

A to Z


Emmett W. Chappelle

Emmett W. Chappelle one of the 100 most distinguished African American scientists and engineers of the 20th Century

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This is a A-Z list of popular Black inventors that we have more extensive information on: biographies, images, timelines, and other media. The Black Inventors Patent Holders List contains many more names, however, a biography may or may not be available. for further research we suggest using our Black History Month landing page.

Recommended biographies are bolded.


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 - Marie Brown - Robert Bryant - John Albert Burr


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


Mark Dean - Ronald Demon - Joseph Hunter Dickinson - Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus - Charles Richard Drew


Thomas Elkins - Philip Emeagwali



Sarah E. Goode - Meredith C. Gourdine - George Grant

H, I

Lloyd Augustus Hall - Joycelyn Harrison


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


Roscoe Koontz


Lewis Howard Latimer - Joseph Lee -John Lee Love


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

N, O

Lyda Newman

P, Q

Alice Parker - Traverse Benjamin Pinn - Willam Purvis


Lloyd P Ray - Cordell Reed - Louis Roberts - Norbert Rillieux


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

T, U, V

Lewis Temple Valerie Thomas -John Henry Thompson

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 - Kevin Woolfolk

Black Inventors - Database

An extensive list of black inventors holding patents listed by name, patent number, and date - hundreds of black inventors listed, however, without the biographical information of the listings above.

Colors of Innovation - Black Inventors - Written For Students

Many familiar black inventors are highlighted in this article along with a background history on 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

Test your knowledge about black inventors history with this trivia quiz.
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