Who is : — Granville Tailer Woods

The First Black Electrical Engineer Who Owned More Than 60 Patents

The First Black Electrical Engineer Who Owned More Than 60 Patents

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Granville Tailer Woods was the first African-American to become a mechanical and electrical engineer. He was also an inventor who held more than 60 patents.


Born on April 23, 1856 in Columbus, Ohio to poor parents, his family could not initially afford to send him to college. But he still was able to the needed skills to become a machinist and blacksmith when he worked as an apprentice in a local machine shop.

Later, he was able to attend college and studied mechanical and...