History has credited Thomas Edison with the invention of the light bulb, but fewer people know about Lewis Latimer‘s innovations toward its development. Until Latimer’s process for making carbon filament, Edison’s light bulbs would only burn for a few minutes. Latimer’s filament burned for several hours.
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
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 which reduced the time to produce bulbs and increased the quality. For more info, check out today's notes!
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Lewis Latimer | Lewis Latimer was an inventor who is credited for greatly improving the filament in Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, helping it to last much longer than Edison’s original design. Additionally, Latimer was very involved in the design for the original telephone, working with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft a patent.