African American Inventors

by Otha Richard Sullivan

Wiley | May 5, 1998 | Hardcover

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Meet the black inventors who lived their dreams--from the early years to modern times

Benjamin Banneker
Andrew Jackson Beard
George E. Carruthers, Ph.D.
George Washington Carver
Michael Croslin, Ph.D.
David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.
Charles Richard Drew, M.D.
Meredith Gourdine, Ph.D.
Claude Harvard
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Frederick McKinley Jones
Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D.
Ernest Everett Just, Ph.D.
Lewis Howard Latimer
Jan Earnst Matzeliger
Elijah McCoy
Benjamin Montgomery
John P. Moon
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Norbert Rillieux
Earl D. Shaw, Ph.D.
Madame C. J. Walker
Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.
Granville T. Woods
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.

For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also learning about the contributions of black discoverers. This collection brings their stories to life.

In every era, black inventors have made people''s lives safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more profitable. This inspiring, comprehensive collection shines history''s spotlight on these courageous inventors and discoverers. One by one, they persevered, despite prejudice and obstacles to education and training. These stories show you how:

  • Benjamin Montgomery, born a slave, invented a propeller that improved steamboat navigation.
  • Jan Earnst Matzeliger, the son of a Dutch engineer, invented a machine that revolutionized the shoe manufacturing industry.
  • Madame C. J. Walker, born two years after the Civil War emancipated her parents, invented a product that helped make her a millionaire.
  • Dr. George E. Carruthers, an astrophysicist, invented the lunar surface ultraviolet camera/spectrograph for Apollo 16.
  • Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a third-generation physician and pioneer in the field of cancer research discovered a method for testing which drugs to use to fight specific cancers. Dr. Wright became the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society and the first African American woman to serve as dean of a medical college.

    This outstanding collection brings to light these and dozens of other exciting and surprising tales of inventors and discoverers who lived their dreams.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 9.45 × 7.8 × 0.78 in

Published: May 5, 1998

Publisher: Wiley

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471148040

ISBN - 13: 9780471148043

Found in: People of Colour
Appropriate for ages: 10 - 14

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African American Inventors

by Otha Richard Sullivan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 9.45 × 7.8 × 0.78 in

Published: May 5, 1998

Publisher: Wiley

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0471148040

ISBN - 13: 9780471148043

Table of Contents

THE EARLY YEARS.

Benjamin Banneker.

Norbert Rillieux.

Benjamin Montgomery.

THE CIVIL WAR YEARS AND RECONSTRUCTION.

Elijah McCoy.

Lewis Howard Latimer.

Andrew Jackson Beard.

Jan Earnst Matzeliger.

Daniel Hale Williams.

Granville T. Woods.

INTO THE NEW CENTURY.

George Washington Carver.

Madame C. J. Walker.

Garrett Augustus Morgan.

Ernest Everett Just.

Frederick McKinley Jones.

David Nelson Crosthwait.

MODERN TIMES.

Percy Lavon Julian.

Charles Richard Drew.

Claude Harvard.

Jane Cooke Wright.

Meredith Gourdine.

Michael Croslin.

Earl D. Shaw.

John P. Moon.

George E. Carruthers.

Shirley Ann Jackson.

Chronology.

Notes Bibliography.

Picture Credits.

Index.

From the Publisher

Meet the black inventors who lived their dreams--from the early years to modern times

Benjamin Banneker
Andrew Jackson Beard
George E. Carruthers, Ph.D.
George Washington Carver
Michael Croslin, Ph.D.
David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.
Charles Richard Drew, M.D.
Meredith Gourdine, Ph.D.
Claude Harvard
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Frederick McKinley Jones
Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D.
Ernest Everett Just, Ph.D.
Lewis Howard Latimer
Jan Earnst Matzeliger
Elijah McCoy
Benjamin Montgomery
John P. Moon
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Norbert Rillieux
Earl D. Shaw, Ph.D.
Madame C. J. Walker
Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.
Granville T. Woods
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.

For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also learning about the contributions of black discoverers. This collection brings their stories to life.

In every era, black inventors have made people''s lives safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more profitable. This inspiring, comprehensive collection shines history''s spotlight on these courageous inventors and discoverers. One by one, they persevered, despite prejudice and obstacles to education and training. These stories show you how:

  • Benjamin Montgomery, born a slave, invented a propeller that improved steamboat navigation.
  • Jan Earnst Matzeliger, the son of a Dutch engineer, invented a machine that revolutionized the shoe manufacturing industry.
  • Madame C. J. Walker, born two years after the Civil War emancipated her parents, invented a product that helped make her a millionaire.
  • Dr. George E. Carruthers, an astrophysicist, invented the lunar surface ultraviolet camera/spectrograph for Apollo 16.
  • Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a third-generation physician and pioneer in the field of cancer research discovered a method for testing which drugs to use to fight specific cancers. Dr. Wright became the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society and the first African American woman to serve as dean of a medical college.

    This outstanding collection brings to light these and dozens of other exciting and surprising tales of inventors and discoverers who lived their dreams.

From the Jacket

Meet the black inventors who lived their dreams—from the early years to modern times

Benjamin Banneker
Andrew Jackson Beard
George E. Carruthers, Ph.D.
George Washington Carver
Michael Croslin, Ph.D.
David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.
Charles Richard Drew, M.D.
Meredith Gourdine, Ph.D.
Claude Harvard
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Frederick McKinley Jones
Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D.
Ernest Everett Just, Ph.D.
Lewis Howard Latimer
Jan Earnst Matzeliger
Elijah McCoy
Benjamin Montgomery
John P. Moon
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Norbert Rillieux
Earl D. Shaw, Ph.D.
Madame C. J. Walker
Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.
Granville T. Woods
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.

For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also learning about the contributions of black discoverers. This collection brings their stories to life.

In every era, black inventors have made people''s lives safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more profitable. This inspiring, comprehensive collection shines history''s spotlight on these courageous inventors and discoverers. One by one, they persevered, despite prejudice and obstacles to education and training. These stories show you how:

  • Benjamin Montgomery, born a slave, invented a propeller that improved steamboat navigation.
  • Jan Earnst Matzeliger, the son of a Dutch engineer, invented a machine that revolutionized the shoe manufacturing industry.
  • Madame C. J. Walker, born two years after the Civil War emancipated her parents, invented a product that helped make her a millionaire.
  • Dr. George E. Carruthers, an astrophysicist, invented the lunar surface ultraviolet camera/spectrograph for Apollo 16.
  • Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a third-generation physician and pioneer in the field of cancer research discovered a method for testing which drugs to use to fight specific cancers. Dr. Wright became the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society and the first African American woman to serve as dean of a medical college.

    This outstanding collection brings to light these and dozens of other exciting and surprising tales of inventors and discoverers who lived their dreams.

About the Author

OTHA RICHARD SULLIVAN, Ed.D., is a former science teacher and is currently a middle school guidance counselor. As head of Detroit''s program to infuse African American history into the public school curriculum, he instructs teachers on how to incorporate African American scientific history into their classes.

JIM HASKINS has written more than ninety books for young readers, including African American Entrepreneurs (Wiley); his collaboration with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story; and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children''s Book Guild Award for the body of his work and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

From Our Editors

Bringing the struggle, passion and empowerment of the black experience to young readers, "African American Inventors" introduces children to the dreamers whose ideas and ingenuity changed the way we live. Photos.

Editorial Reviews

"Wiley Publishers offers two from its Black Stars series that are sure to keep children''s thinking caps operating during the heat.Each offers finely crafted short biographies of some well-known and some almost-unheard-of giants in their fields."— Detroit Free Press

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 14

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