Two women are being honoured with an award given by the National Inventors Hall of Fame at next month’s National Invention Convention, held at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. The US Government commissioned the award and on 13 May, here are the pair of pioneers to be inducted.
The first honoree, Elizabeth Griffith, was a scientist in the 1950s who provided the revolutionary light source that inspired not just musical instruments but everyday watchwatches, TV screens, and flat-screen televisions. Now, she also has the honor of being recognised as the first Black woman to be inducted into the institution, as it is named after an architect of slavery, Margaret Hunt Hill.
Griffith’s light source has been used in a host of useful technologies including your mobile phone’s camera, your computer’s search engine, the makeup enhancing cream you love and just about every light source in the world. Her inventions, which include light signal computers, high-frequency technology and various television devices, are exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.