Though Thomas Edison is recognized as the inventor of the light bulb, African-American inventor Lewis Latimer played an important role in its development. In 1881, Latimer patented a method for making carbon filaments, allowing light bulbs to burn for hours instead of minutes. Latimer also drafted the drawings that helped Alexander Graham Bell receive a patent for the telephone.
Today in Black History, 1/17/2013 - Lewis Howard Latimer received patent number 252,386 in 1882 for the process of manufacturing carbon filaments in light bulbs that reduced the time to produce bulbs and increased the quality. For more info, check out today's notes!
Lewis Latimer | Lewis Latimer was an inventor who is credited for greatly improving the filament in Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, helping it to last much longer than Edison’s original design. Additionally, Latimer was very involved in the design for the original telephone, working with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft a patent.
Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928), inventor, he improved the light bulb invented by Thomas Edison by utilizing the more durable carbon filament. He also developed the threaded socket. His other patents include toilets for railroad cars, and a "forerunner of the air conditioner". Source: MIT School of Engineering