10 African Americans That Charted History In Tech


Written by Jacq

February 3, 2021

As a Diversity recruiting firm, we know how significant African Americans in tech are. We invent, create, lead award winning teams and innovate for the future of technology. In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to research historical figures within the tech industry. Check out the list below and get inspired this year to pursue or continue your own journey in tech. We are watching and admiring…


  1. Granville Woods – The “Black Edison”: invented the multiplex “induction telegraph,” which allowed people to communicate by voice over telegraph wires which ultimately prevented train accidents.
  2. Otis Boykin – Inventor + Engineer: A Fisk University alum, Boykin holds over 26 patents and is known for creating the control unit that regulated the pacemaker.
  3. Annie Easley – Notable Computer Scientist: she developed and implemented computer code that analyzed alternative power technologies
  4. Frank Greene – Engineer + Venture Capitalist: one of only 63 inductees into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame and known for his development of a high-speed semiconductor computer-memory systems
  5. Valerie Thomas – NASA Scientist: Thomas spearheaded the development of the first satellite to send images from space. The technology developed by Thomas is used by NASA to this day. 
  6. Mark Dean – Computer Scientist + Engineer: Credited with helping to develop the first color PC along with inventing the first gigahertz chip.
  7. Patricia Bath – Doctor + Inventor: Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe device for cataract treatment, becoming the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent.
  8. James West – Inventor + Professor: Holding over 250 patents, West developed the electret transducer technology used in 90 percent of contemporary microphones
  9. Garrett Morgan – Inventor + Businessman: He is best known for inventing the three position traffic signal.
  10. Lewis Howard Latimer – Inventor + Draftsman: Notable contribution to the patent of the light bulb and telephone working closely with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.

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