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#blackpositiveimage Spotlight: Dr. Henry T. Sampson

Did you know that a black man invented the cell phone?

ACTUALLY he didn’t.

Dr. Henry T. Sampson co-invented the gamma-electrical cell with his professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A lot of people have credited Dr. Sampson with the invention of the cellular phone which is false. The actual function of the gamma-electrical cell is to "convert gamma rays into electrical output." This conversion is not related to the output that is generated in cellular transmission or cell phones. Although Sampson did not invent the cell phone there are other noteworthy accolades to be mentioned:

  • Dr. Henry T. Sampson was the first African American to earn a Ph.D.in Nuclear Engineering in the United States. (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).

  • Other patents include: "a binder system for propellants and explosives and a case bonding system for cast composite propellants."

  • Sampson is also a writer and film historian. Many of his books chronicle blacks in the film industry.

NOTED: It is important to do your research thoroughly regarding inventions, patents, etc. You should verify your information through multiple sources.