In celebration of Women’s Month, I wanted to highlight and inform many inventions you may or may not know of.
- Caller ID & Call Waiting
– Dr. Shirley Jackson is the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at MIT in nuclear physics. Her experiments with theoretical physics are accountable for numerous telecommunications developments: touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting and the fiber-optic cable.
- Surveillence Camera’s
– In 1969, Marie Van Brittan Brown was the first person to receive a patent for her development of a closed- circuit television security. Brown’s structure was designed with four peep holes and a motorized camera that could slide up and down to look at each one. Her witty invention became the blueprint for the present closed-circuit television system that is widely used for surveillance, crime prevention and traffic monitoring.
- Treatment of Cataracts
– Dr. Patricia Bath, ophthalmologist and inventor, received her doctorate from Howard University College of Medicine and was also the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. n 1981 she received a patent for the Laserphaco Probe, which is used to treat cataracts. Dr. Bath has been credited with saving thousands of people from losing their sight.
- Toilet Tissue Holder
– Mildred Kenner invented the tissue holder. Kenner also worked alongside her sister Mary Davidson to invent the Sanitary Belt and The Walker.
- Bulletproof Vest & Helmets (Kevlar)
– Stephanie Kwolek experimented with polymers, molecules and fibers and it resulted in Kevlar. Kevlar is used to make bulletproof vests, helmets, brake pads, cables, hiking and camping gear.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie
– Ruth Wakefield was a dietician and food lecturer. In 1930, she took a nestle chocolate bar crumbled it into cookie batter and the rest is yummy history.
- The Medical Syringe
– In 1899, Letitia Geer invented a medical syringe that could be controlled with one hand.
- The Snugli Baby Carrier
– After seeing women in Africa carry their babies in fabric slings on their bodies, Ann Moore was inspired to invent the Snugli in the 1960s.
- Foot Pedal Trash Can
– Lillian Moller Gilbreth was one of the first working female engineers holding a Ph.D. She invented the foot-pedal trash can, along with refrigerator shelves.
10. Newborn Baby Safety (The APGAR Score)
– In 1952, Dr. Virginia Apgar began testing newborns one minute and five minutes after birth to determine if they needed immediate care. In the 1960s and present day, the medical community made a backronym—an acronym designed to fit an existing word—to remember the criteria scored: Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration.
Thanks to Atlanta Blackstar, Google & Wiki for the assist!