Tarpon Springs Campus students created a display of heroes who are not often listed during the celebration of African American History Month. The display will be in the Library/Learning Center in the campus’ FA building through the end of February.
This blog post was written by Alex Johnson, one of the students who helped create the Tarpon Springs Campus display of African American History Month heroes. Ethan Hart, Associate Director of Learning Resources at the Tarpon Springs Campus, worked with students to develop this project.
Philip Emeagwali, Otis F. Boykin, Granville T. Woods, and Henry T. Sampson are among the African American History Month heroes whose work impacted the field of communications.
Philip Emeagwali is best known for inventing the world’s fastest computer, which performs 3.1 billion calculations per second. He was able to do this by emulating the efficiency in the way bees construct honeycombs.
Otis F. Boykin
Otis F. Boykin graduated from Fisk College in 1941. He was able to make remarkable inventions, including a wire precision resistor used in televisions and radios and the control unit for the pacemaker.
Granville T. Woods
Granville T. Woods, also known as “Black Edison” established a company in Cincinnati to develop, manufacture, and sell electrical railroad equipment. During his lifetime, he registered almost 60 patents, including a telephone transmitter, a trolley wheel, and a multiplex telegraph (over which he defeated a lawsuit by Thomas Edison).
Henry T. Sampson
Henry T. Sampson is a prolific inventor who holds several U.S. patents. In 1967, he became the first African American in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering – a field in which he excelled greatly. He is also a pioneer in the technology that is used in cellular phones.