23/11/1897 John Lee Love Patents Pencil Sharpener

23/11/1897 John Lee Love Patents Pencil Sharpener

John Lee Love was an African-American inventor best known for patenting a portable pencil sharpener known as the “Love Sharpener.” Synopsis John Lee Love was a carpenter in Fall River, Massachusetts, who invented several devices. In 1895, Lee patented a lightweight plasterer’s hawk. In 1897, he patented a portable pencil sharpener known as the “Love […]

16/11/1873, Richard T. Greener, first Black graduate of Harvard University

16/11/1873, Richard T. Greener, first Black graduate of Harvard University

The son of a sailor, Richard Theodore Greener, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became the first African American to graduate from Harvard College.  He later was assigned to serve the United States in diplomatic posts in India and Russia. Greener lived in Boston, Massachusetts and Cambridge as a child but received his secondary education at […]

27 Year Old Nigerian Wins $32,000 UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Award

27 Year Old Nigerian Wins $32,000 UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering Award

24 May 2017 A 27-year-old Nigerian systems engineer has won the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.Godwin Benson designed Tuteria, an online platform that links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on an app on their phone, set their […]

Albert C. Richardson Patents Casket Lowering Device On This Day In 1894

Albert C. Richardson Patents Casket Lowering Device On This Day In 1894

Albert C. Richardson was one of those rare inventors who not only created numerous devices, but created devices that were completely unrelated to one another. Albert C. Richardson of South Frankfort, Michigan, was a prolific inventor, creating useful tools and inventions at the tail end of the 19th century that displayed his talent at crafting […]