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A news shared by African website claims that a Black Man Who Invented The Light Bulb And Telephone [Lewis Latimer]

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Fake news claims: News shared by African website claims that a Black Man Who Invented The Light Bulb And Telephone [Lewis Latimer].

Growing up as a young Black child, very little is thought to you about Black inventors like Lewis Latimer and magnificent Black civilizations. The school’s curriculum around the world, and especially in Africa focuses more on the Caucasian inventors of the world.

No one teaches our children of men like Lewis. Lewis Latimer remains to date the Africans who made the most impact on the world in the 20th century. He co-founded the telephone and the durable light bulb.

Lewis patented his first invention on February 10th, 1874. It was a water closet for railroad cars. Thereafter, he worked as an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell and in 1876, designs the description required for the patent filing of the telephone; in other words, a black man concluded the world-changing invention of the telephone. Afterward, Maxim Hiram, inventor of a machine gun, hires him as a designer.

Facts Check Verdict: Not true.

News Verification: Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, and Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb

In 1876Alexander Graham Bell employed Latimer, then a draftsman at Bell's patent law firm, to draft the necessary drawings required to receive a patent for Bell's telephone. The light bulb itself was invented by Thomas Edison, but the innovation used to create longer-lasting light bulbs with a carbon filament came from African-American inventor Lewis Latimer.

In 1881, Latimer, along with Joseph Nichols, invented the light bulb with a carbon filament, an improvement on Thomas Edison's original paper filament, which would burn out quickly, and sold the patent to the United States Electric Company in 1881. He received a second patent on January 17th, 1882 for the "Process of Manufacturing Carbons", an improved method for the production of lightbulb carbon filaments.

Hence we can say it was Alexander Graham Bell who actually invented light bulbs, however, it was Latimer who added in the improvement of the bulb in the later times.





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