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BY Francis Akhalbey, 9:00am March 16, 2019,

[Quiz] Test your knowledge of ingenious black female inventors

Welcome to Face2Face Africa quiz series that tests your knowledge of Africa and anything African. We ask ten questions based on themes ranging from politics, history, geography, culture, entertainment and many more.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Face2Face Africa tests your knowledge of ingenious black female inventors. Brace yourself, no cheating, get your thinking cap on and test your knowledge of this:

[Quiz] Test your knowledge of ingenious black female inventors

Poll 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?

Poll 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?

Poll 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?

Poll 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?

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

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

Poll 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?

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

Poll 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?

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

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Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: March 15, 2019


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