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Top 5: Women Inventors 2017

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 

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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.

One thought on “Top 5: Women Inventors 2017”

  1. Great little post. As someone who works with a lot of innovators I’m really happy to say the last decade or so has seen a lot more women developing great new ideas.

    I really hope this post inspires a few more and that you’re publishing a much longer list of new names soon.

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