Lewis Howard Latimer

Inventor of the Carbon Filament

Where was this invention created?

Lewis Latimer is famous for inventing the Carbon Filament the Carbon Filament was invented in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1884 also were Lewis was born 1848 in 1928 he died. The Carbon Filament is the piece of the light bulb that makes it brighter and electrical.

Why is Lewis Latimer's invention important?

This invention was important because it made lighting the light bulb electrical and made the light bulb brighter, the carbon filament is the wire that runs between both sides of the glass inside of the bulb and makes it light.

How do we use this invention today?

Today we use Lewis Latimer's invention for lighting in houses, flashlights etc. in our everyday lives and he is the reason we can see in the dark.

Do you feel this invention is useful?

The Carbon Filament that makes the light bulb work I think is very useful because without it people wouldn't be able to see and light bulbs are every where you go now a days that just shows how useful they really are.

What were Lewis Latimer's living conditions?

Youngest of five brothers Lewis Latimer lived in Chelsea, Massachusetts and was a slave along with his dad and siblings, his brother escaped to Boston with his wife and became a free man while Lewis joined the U.S. Navy at age 15 to get money to help support his family. After war he soon became an office boy making only $3.00 an hour. He soon married his spouse named Mary Wilson Lewis and had two children named Jeanette Lewis and Louise Lewis.

What was the economy like, did h get paid for his invention(s)?

Lewis Latimer got paid for the Carbon Filament invention and also got an award and medal from the government/president.

Other Accomplishments

Lewis Latimer made many other inventions such the telephone, the flushing water closet for trains, the Carbon Filament and many other great and useful inventions. Without Lewis Latimer we wouldn't have the lighting, telephones and flushing water closets for trains that we have today.