Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"For the benefit of humanknd."

"A black woman can invent something for the benefit of humankind" - Bessie Blount

Bessie Blount, was a physical therapist who worked with soldiers injured in W.W.II. Bessie Blount's war service inspired her to patent a device, in 1951, that allowed amputees to feed themselves.
The electrical device allowed a tube to deliver one mouthful of food at a time to a patient in a wheelchair or in a bed whenever he or she bit down on the tube.

In 1951, Bessie Blount started teaching Physical Therapy at the Bronx Hospital in New York. She was unable to successfully market her valuable inventions and found no support from United States Veteran's Administration, so she gave the patent rights to the French government in 1952. The French government put the device to good use helping to make life better for many war vets.

 Source: http://inventors.about.com/od/bstartinventors/a/Bessie_Blount.htm


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I am learning a lot here lately. This was another great post about an important woman.