Monday, February 26, 2007

BLACK HISTORY YOU SHOULD KNOW


DID A BLACK MAN REALLY CREATE THE TELEPHONE & LONG LASTING LIGHT BULBS?

Black History Month Tidbit...Lewis H. Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848. Along with Granville T. Woods, Latimer was one of the first major African American inventors. He first worked as an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell. Some have claimed that "Latimer, not Bell, actually invented the telephone."

Later, Latimer became a member of Thomas Edison's elite research team, "Edison's Pioneers." Here Latimer made his most important scientific contributions, by improving the light bulb invented by Edison.


Edison's prototypical light bulb was lit by a glowing, electrified filament made of paper, which unfortunately burnt out rather quickly. Latimer created a light bulb with a filament made of the much more durable carbon and the light bulb burned much longer.

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