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BY Francis Akhalbey, 11:29am January 15, 2018,

[Answers] Test your knowledge of ingenious black female inventors

1. Before the Murphy Bed, I invented the cabinet bed in 1885, thus becoming the first African-American woman in the United States to get a patent. Who am I? Sarah E. Goode

2. Inventing the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986, I became the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. Who am I? Dr. Patricia Bath

3. In 1966, she teamed up with her husband to invent the home security system which brought “CCTV” use into the home. Over 50 years later, the technology is installed in millions of homes and offices across the world. Who was she? Marie Van Brittan Brown

4. The Call Waiting and Caller ID feature, the portable fax machine, and the touch tone telephones all came to fruition due to the important research of this African-American woman? Dr. Shirley Jackson

5. This scientist and inventor is largely credited for creating the hair weaving process? Christina M. Jenkins

6. This female inventor received a patent for a fireplace damper actuating tool on September 30, 1975? Virgie M. Ammons

7. This genius of a woman is to thank for our safety. Her invention, the “sensitive spot test” is used by both the military as well as private industry, and the Department of Homeland Security uses the test to screen for nitroaromatic explosives? Dr. Betty Wright Harris

8. In 1951, she invented an electronic feeding device to help amputees feed themselves? Bessie Blount Griffin

9. She became the first African American woman to obtain a software patent for LinkLIne, a web-based application for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) cases documentation? Janet Emerson Bashen

10. This genius developed an injectable herbal extract that was effectively used to treat leprosy until the 1940s? Alice Ball

Last Edited by:Francis Akhalbey Updated: March 15, 2019


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