African Inventors and Innovators

I’m sure you know of some of the great inventions and innovations we have had in the world like the one you are currently using; the internet, smartphone, electricity, refrigerator and many more.

This article is focused on the second most populous continent(Africa) and we will be talking about some of the great inventions and inventors that have come out of it.

  1. Arthur Zang (Cardiopad)

This Cameroonian engineer invented the CardioPad, a touch-screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations like ECG(electrocardiogram)  to be performed at remote locations. The results of the test can be transferred to specialists wirelessly for further investigation.

  1. Trevor Lloyd Wadley (Tellurometer)

This South African electrical engineer invented the tellurometer(electronic distance measurement equipment) in 1959. It is also known as Micro-Distancer MRA 1. This inventor developed an ionosonde for measuring earth’s ionosphere. He also developed the Wadley loop circuit for greater stability in communication receivers.

  1. Allan McLeod Cormack (CT Scanner)

This South African physicist was the first to analyze the possibilities of developing a radiological cross-section of a biological system. His extensive research and experiments provided the theoretical foundation. The CT(computerized tomography) scanner was built on this foundation. He published two papers of this invention in 1963 and 1964. It was later that British engineer Godfrey Hounsfield developed the first commercially successful CAT scanners. Cormack shared the Nobel Prize award with Hounsfield in 1979 for his invention of this major medical achievement.

  1. Rachid Yazami (Graphite Anode)

This Moroccan scientist is well-known for his research on lithium ion batteries and on fluoride ion batteries. He invented graphite anode of lithium ion batteries. Today companies like Samsung, Nokia, Apple and more uses this African invention. Yazami earned his graduation at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, followed by a Ph. D. (1985) at the same institute.

  1. Louis Liebenberg and Lindsay Stevenson (Cybertracker)

These South African inventors invented Cybertracker, a hand-held computer that helps in tracking animals in the field. They connected the unit to a satellite navigation system in 1996. The unit’s graphic interface makes it possible for illiterate people to use it with ease.

  1. George Pratley (Pratley Putty)

This South African inventor’s famous glue is the only South African invention that has been to the moon. The putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together in 1969. Hundreds of tons of Pratley putty have been exported to many countries worldwide.

  1. Ndubuisi Ekekwe (Microchips)

He is credited with the development of microchips used in minimally invasive surgical robots.

Ndubuisi is the founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics Ltd. He holds a U.S. Patent on a microchip used in minimally invasive surgical robots and was part of the team that created XL sensor inside the iPhone and iPad.

  1. Seyi Oyesola (CompactOR)

He is credited with the co-invention of CompactOR or the “Hospital in a Box”, a solar-powered life-saving operating room which can be transported to remote areas of Africa and set up within minutes.

  1. Brino Gilbert (CCG)

He is credited with the invention of the Counter Collision Gadget (CCG), a device that has the capacity to prevent accidents on the road, air, sea and rail. The invention earned him many awards including a bronze medal in the Aerospace/Aeronautics category at the May 2003 edition of the Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX) in the United States. He also received a silver medal in the manufacturing category and a trophy for being the best invention from Africa in the continental category.




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