To Honor Black History Month: Elijah McCoy – Inventor

Our first installment of Black History Month Tech Spotlight features innovative inventor Elijah McCoy.

Mr. McCoy was working as a fireman/oilman on the Michigan Central Railroad in 1872 when his frustration with the frequent stops necessary to keep the train adequately lubricated led him to develop and patent a “lubricating cup” that would drip oil when and where needed. Others copied his invention, but his performed so well that companies requested “the Real McCoy” by name. With necessity as the mother of invention, he went on to develop and patent a portable ironing board when his wife expressed a need for an easier way of ironing clothes and a lawn sprinkler to more quickly and easily water his lawn.

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