Lewis Latimer invented a “water closet for railroad cars” (1873) and drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone. In 1881 he devised a method for making a carbon filament for a light bulb made by one of Thomas Edison's competitors, and then supervised that firm's installation of electric lights in New York City, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.

Lewis Latimer invented a “water closet for railroad cars” (1873) and drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone. In 1881 he devised a method for making a carbon filament for a light bulb made by one of Thomas Edison's competitors, and then supervised that firm's installation of electric lights in New York City, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.

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.

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.

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.

Lewis Latimer

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.

Lewis Latimer patented a carbon filament for the incandescent lightbulb. The invention helped make electric lighting practical and affordable for the average household.

Lewis Latimer patented a carbon filament for the incandescent lightbulb. The invention helped make electric lighting practical and affordable for the average household.

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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

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

Explore the life of Lewis Howard Latimer, the child of fugitive slaves who went on to help patent the light bulb and the telephone, at Biography.com.

Explore the life of Lewis Howard Latimer, the child of fugitive slaves who went on to help patent the light bulb and the telephone, at Biography.com.

Invented: Long life lightbulb  Lewis Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848. He was the son of George and Rebecca Latimer, escaped slaves from Virginia. Latimer was hired as the assistant manager and draftsman for U.S. Electric Lighting Company owned by Hiram Maxim. Maxim was the chief rival to Thomas Edison. Maxim greatly desired to improve on Edison’s light bulb and focused on the main weakness of Edison’s bulb – their short life span set out to make a longer lasting bulb.

Invented: Long life lightbulb Lewis Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848. He was the son of George and Rebecca Latimer, escaped slaves from Virginia. Latimer was hired as the assistant manager and draftsman for U.S. Electric Lighting Company owned by Hiram Maxim. Maxim was the chief rival to Thomas Edison. Maxim greatly desired to improve on Edison’s light bulb and focused on the main weakness of Edison’s bulb – their short life span set out to make a longer lasting bulb.

Early Life of Lewis Latimer: Son of Escaped African Slaves Becomes Electric Lighting Innovator | Black Then

Early Life of Lewis Latimer: Son of Escaped African Slaves Becomes Electric Lighting Innovator | Black Then

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