Black History: Lewis Latimer

The inventor of the carbon filament for the light bulb.

Yes, we all know that Thomas Edison technically invented the light bulb, but Lewis Latimer made it a common household item.

In 1881, he received a patent for inventing a method of producing carbon filaments, which made the bulbs longer-lasting, more efficient and cheaper.

In 1876, he also worked with Alexander Graham Bell to draft the drawings required for the patent of Bell’s telephone.