Lewis Howard Latimer
Birth & death date: Sept 4, 1848 Dec 11, 1928
CONTRIBUTIONS to SCIENCE
Latimer went on to patent a process for efficiently manufacturing the carbon filament (1882), and developed the now familiar threaded socket (though his was wooden) for his improved bulb. Moreover, Latimer wrote the first book on electric lighting, Incandescent Electric Lighting (1890), and supervised the installation of public electric lights throughout New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.
Latimer's other patented inventions include such diverse items as the first water closet (i.e., toilet) for railroad cars (1874) and a forerunner of the air conditioner (1886). Although today's light bulbs use filaments of tungsten, which lasts even longer than carbon, Latimer will always be remembered for making possible the widespread use of electric light, in public and at home.
A LATIMER QUOTE
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"Lewis Latimer." Energy Education is Fun. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2013. <c03.apogee.net/contentplayer/?coursetype=kids&utilityid=mp&id=16192>.
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