African American Inventors

James Edward Maceo West – African American Inventor

James Edward Maceo West Born February 10, 1931, in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia) is an American inventor and acoustician. He holds over 250 foreign and U.S. patents for the production and design of microphones and techniques for creating polymer foil-electrets. Along with Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil electret microphone in 1962 while developing instruments for human hearing research. Compared to the previous condenser microphones, the …

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Patricia Era Bath – African American Inventor (Laserphaco Probe)

Patricia Era Bath Born November 4, 1942, in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, she is an American ophthalmologist, inventor, and academic. She has broken ground for women and African Americans in a number of areas. Prior to Bath, no woman had served on the staff of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, headed a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, or been elected to …

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Janet Emerson Bashen – African American Inventor

Janet Emerson Bashen An American inventor, entrepreneur, and business consultant. She patented a software program to assist with web-based equal employment opportunity investigations. She founded a human resource consulting firm focusing on equal opportunity employment compliance, which investigated civil rights violations and employee misconduct. In May 2000, she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives that civil rights and employee misconduct investigations should be exempt from the Fair …

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Kerrie Holley-African American Inventor

Kerrie Lamont Holley was born in September 7, 1954. Heis an American software architect, author, researcher, consultant, and Inventor and UnitedHealth Group, and Optum Technology’s first Technical Fellow. Holley is a retired IBM Fellow. Holley served as Vice President and CTO at Cisco responsible for their analytics and automation platform. Holley is known internationally for his innovative work in architecture and software …

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