142: Lewis Howard Latimer

Hometown History

May 20 2024 • 24 mins

In today's episode of Hometown History, we delve into the life of Lewis Howard Latimer, an unsung hero whose inventions and technical skills significantly influenced the development of electric lighting and telecommunications. Despite his crucial work with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, Latimer's contributions have often been overshadowed. His innovations in improving lightbulb filament durability and efficiency changed how we light our world, yet his name remains lesser-known.

Lewis Latimer's story is remarkable not only for his scientific achievements but also for his perseverance against racial prejudice. From humble beginnings as the son of escaped slaves to becoming Edison's trusted chief draftsman and a pioneer in electrical engineering, Latimer broke barriers and paved the way for future generations. Join us on Hometown History as we celebrate Latimer's legacy, a testament to the enduring power of innovation and courage in the face of adversity.

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