In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re putting the spotlight on 5 female inventors this week.
1) Joyce Chen
Chen’s patent is for a flat-bottom wok with a handle, also known as a stir fry pan. Her patent, however, only hints at Chen’s impact on the American culinary scene; Chen pioneered the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet style, and popularized Northern-style Chinese food.
2) Patricia Bath
Have you ever had laser eye surgery? You have Patricia Bath to thank for that. The first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, which uses laser technology to treat cataracts.
3) Stephanie Kwolek
Kevlar has many applications: bullet-proof vests, tennis rackets, tires, hurricane safe rooms, etc. Stephanie Kwolek was a chemist at DuPont when she invented the synthetic poly-parahenylene terephthalamide, a.k.a. Kevlar.
4) Ann Makosinski
One of the younger inventors on this list, Makosinski created the “Hollow Flashlight,” which uses a thermoelectric effect to convert body heat into electricity to power LED bulbs. She also appeared on Forbes 2017 “30 Under 30” list.
5) Pratibha Gai
Gai created the “atomic resolution environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM),” which can perceive chemical reactions at an atomic scale. She has received awards such as the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Laureate for Europe, and the 2014 Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering among others.