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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!

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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.

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10 Little-Known Black History Figures Who Made A Big Change

Lewis Latimer (1848–1928) invented an important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament. Fast Fact: Latimer worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

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LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER | THE GENIUS OF INVENTION Though Thomas Edison is recognized as the inventor of the light bulb, African-American inventor Lewis Howard Latimer played an important role in its development. In 188, Latimer patented a method for...

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