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  • Honoring Black History Month in Medicine and Science

    This information is taken from the Tom Joyner Morning Show

    Little Known Black History Facts

    Otis Boykin invented more than 25 electronic devices used in

    computers and guided missiles. His most noteworthy invention was an

    electronic mechanism created in 1955, as a regulating unit for the first

    heart pacemaker. The actual pacemaker was first invented by Paul Boli.

    Boykins device uses electrical impulses to maintain a steady heartbeat.

    Born in 1920, Otis Boykin was raised in Dallas, Texas by his parents Walter

    Benjamin and Sarah Boykin. He graduated from Fisk University in 1941 and

    got his first official job with Majestic Radio and TV Corporation in Chicago.

    Three years later, he moved to P.J. Nielsen Research Labs in Oak Park,

    Illinois to work as a research engineer. In 1949, while attending the Illinois

    Institute of Technology, he founded his own company, Boykin-Fruth. In

    1964, Boykin also worked as a consultant for several European and

    American firms, in his long career, Boykin also invented a type of resistor

    (an electric circuit element) commonly in use today in radios, computers

    and television sets. Boykin also invented a chemical air filter and a burglar-

    proof cash register. For these, and the electronic regulator for the

    pacemaker, Boykin was rewarded with a Cultural Science Achievement

    Award by The Old Pros Unlimited Club. He belonged to several science

    based organizations, including the Chicago Physics Club.

    Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. M.D is a pioneer in brain surgical techniques.

    However, he is best known for leading the first surgical team that

    successfully separated a pair if Siamese twins, who were born, joined at the

  • head. Born in 1951, Carson came from a poor family in Detroit. As a child,

    he has a difficult time in school. Undeterred, the budding young

    neurosurgeon studied hard in high school and won a scholarship to Yale

    University, where he received his bachelors degree. He went on to study

    at the University of Michigans Medical School and became the first black

    person accepted into the residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in

    Baltimore. After spending one in Australia, Carson was promoted to

    Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in 1984. At 31, he was

    the youngest doctor to hole such a position. In 1984, Carson performed a

    very complex surgical feat when he separated seven month old Siamese

    twins, born joined at the back of the head. The surgery was successful,

    after a tense and arduous 22-hour operation. Carson has been the

    recipient of numerous awards for his pioneering role and development of

    brain surgery techniques. Some honors include the Johnson Publication

    Companys Black Achievement Award, the Candle Award for Science and

    Technology from Morehouse College and an Honorary Doctor of Science

    Degree from North Carolina A&T University.

    Frederick McKinley Jones is best remembered for devising a method to

    refrigerate trucks carrying perishable food, an idea expanded to include air

    coolers for ships, planes, and trains. As a result of the method called pre-

    fabricated refrigerator construction, meat, fruit, vegetables, and butter

    could be transported long distance. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in

    1893 and orphaned at the age of nine. He went to work as a self-taught

    auto mechanic. He later mastered electronics and built a radio station

    transmitter. His interest in how to combine sound with film in the early

    days of movies led to a job with company manufacturing motion picture

    equipment. Jones first patent was for a machine to dispense tickets in

    movie theaters. During the 1930s, his innovative designs for air-cooling

    units for food transported to market by trucks led to formation of a

    successful new business. By 1949, the U.S. Thermo Control Company, as it

    was called, had profits of $3 million a year. Jones was subsequently

  • awarded more than 60 patents, 40 for refrigeration equipment alone. In

    the 1950s, he served as a consultant on refrigeration problems to both the

    United States Defense Department and the Bureau of Standards. His

    portable refrigeration systems were used throughout World War II,

    primarily to keep medicine and blood at the right temperature on

    battlefields and in military hospitals.

    Patricia E. Bath, M.D. is the inventor of the cataract Laserphacprobe,

    which is the medical instrument to remove cataracts from the eye. In 1975,

    Dr. Bath was the first black female surgeon appointed to UCLA and is

    credited, along with other Howard University students, for founding the

    Student Medical Association and was its first president. Together with

    associates and colleagues, Dr. Bath founded the American Institute for the

    Prevention of Blindness, and with limited funding provided free vision

    screening services to underserved communities.

    Dr. bath holds several other firsts: first African American woman surgeon at

    Drew Medical School; first woman Program Director (Chief) of a

    postgraduate training at Drew; first woman chair of Opthalmology in the

    history of the United States, from 1983-1986, Drew-UCLA Residency

    Programs; first woman faculty ophthalmologist of ULCA Dept. of

    Opthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute with her appointment in 1975; first

    woman elected to Honorary Medical Staff of UCLA Medical Center upon her

    retirement in 1993; elected to Hunter College Hall of Fame in 1988 and

    elected as Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine in 1993.

    As the first African American female physician/inventor, Dr. Bath, in the

    early part of her career, devoted herself to the prevention of blindness the

    world over. Her intense interest, experience and research on cataracts

    culminated in 1985-1986 with her invention of a new device and method to

    remove cataracts, called the Laserphacoprobe. With this intervention,

  • Dr. Patricia E. Bath was able to restore the sight of several individuals who

    had been blind for over 30 years.

    Dr. Bath has four patents on this laser cataract surgery device covering the

    United States, Canada, Japan and Europe.

    George Washington Carver is best known for his invention of peanut

    butter and peanut oil, however, Carver created over 300 invention s from

    the peanut, sweet potato and pecan.

    Born into slavery near Diamond Grove, Missouri in 1864, Carver went on to

    finish high school. He applied and was accepted to a college in Iowa.

    However, when the president discovered that Carver was an African

    American, he did not admit him. To support his early years of education,

    Carver opened a laundry and later moved to Winterset, Iowa and also

    worked as first cook in a large hotel.

    Carver later went on to attend Simpson College in Iowa, then Iowa State

    College, obtaining Bachelors and Master Degrees pursing his agricultural

    work. At Tuskegee Institute, he performed productive agricultural research

    in nutrition, chemistry, genetics, plant pathology, soil fertilization and the

    use of waste products. Carver not only revealed medical properties in

    weeds, but created over 300 products from the peanut, 100 from the pecan

    and 118 products from the sweet potato.

    George Washington Carver received only three patents for his work with

    the peanut. These three patents were for Cosmetics, Paint and Stains

    Process, and the Process of Producing Paint. Carvers other inventions

    were as follow: Adhesives, Insulating, Board, Shoe Polish Axle Grease,

    Linoleum, Shaving Cream, Bleach, Mayonnaise, Sugar, Synthetic Rubber,

    Synthetic Marble, Metal Polish, Paper Dyes, Wood Filler, Wood Stains,

    Imitation Oysters, Ink.

  • Additionally, his inventions included Breakfast Food No. 5 with extra

    protein for diabetic people from skins of the peanut, and over 30 different

    dyes from black to orange/yellow.

    George Washington Carver was one of the greatest chemists of all time,

    whose products and processes not only revolutionized the economy of the

    South but created countless new industries and laid the foundation for new

    fields in science.

    Ann Moore and her husband worked as Peace Corps volunteers in the

    early 1960s. As a pediatric nurse in Africa, Ann saw lots of mothers and

    babies every day and noticed the contentment of babies as they spent long

    hours snuggled up happily in fabric harnesses against their mothers backs.

    Two months after her return to the United States, Ann gave birth to a baby

    girl and wanted he same closeness with her child. She developed a fabric

    pouch to carry her daughter snugly on her back. With her daughter and her

    new invention, she accompanied Martin Luther King on his famous march

    from Selma to Montgomery.

    Working with her mother, an experience seamstress, she improved the

    design, calling it the Snugli. People who saw Ann Moore walking with her

    baby began to order the Snugli, and by 1972 orders for 300 Snuglis per

    month were pouring in. After receiving the highest ranking reviews by

    Consumer Reports and the Wall Street Journal sales hit the $6 million mark.

    The business remained a family operation until 1985 when Gerico bought

    the patent.

    Ann Moore also invented the Airlift, a padded, portable and adjustable

    oxygen carrier. This backpack gives greater freedom to people who need a

    steady supply of oxygen. She also designed a shoulder/hand bag and

    carrier to fit on the back of a wheelchair or walker.