Africans are often overlooked, but did you know that African Americans are some of the foremost inventors in the world?
It is true, and it is a great reason for Africans to be proud. Some of the most important inventions pioneered by African Americans include touch-tone telephones, blood banks and even personal computers.
Here we highlight 11 African American inventors whose inventions truly changed the world.
Thomas L. Jennings (1791-1859) invented the first form dry cleaning known as "dry scouring." This set the stage for dry cleaning as we know it today
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Mark E. Dean (born 1957) pioneered the invention of the original IBM personal computer and the ISA Bus interface that connects a computer to multiple devices like printers
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Madam C J Walker (1867-1919) is acknowledged as one of the earliest inventors of hair beauty products for African hair