Dr. Patricia Bath an ophthalmologist from New York, but living in Los Angeles when she received her patent, became the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention. Patricia Bath's patent (no. 4,744,360), a method for removing cataract lenses, transformed eye surgery, using a Laser device making the procedure more accurate. Black Inventors, African Americans, Blackhistory, Patricia Bath, American Woman, Africanamerican, Cataract, African American Women, Black History
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Dr. Patricia Era Bath is an African American and Native American ophthalmologist, inventor of the Laserphaco Probe. Bath is the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. Her Laserphaco Probe is used to treat cataracts.
Bath is the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. Her Laserphaco Probe is used to treat cataracts. The holder of four patents, she is also the founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness in Washington D.C. Patricia Era Bath, born November 4,1942, Harlem, New York, attended Howard University College of Medicine where she received her doctoral degree in 1968. While there she was president of the Student National Medical Association.
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a patent, on March 3, 1821. His patent was for a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring”. The first money Thomas Jennings earned from his patent was spent on the legal fees necessary to liberate his family out of slavery and support the abolitionist cause.
Meet Josephine Holloway, one of the first African American Girl Scout troop leaders who lobbied for the Girl Scouts to include African Americans.