Black History Month: Inventors You Need to Know

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Dr. James Edward Maceo West

Our celebs can thank someone for making them sound so good on stage: Dr. James Edward Maceo West. Dr. West is an acoustician who, in 1962, co-invented the foil electric microphone. The principles he helped create are still used in the majority of microphones produced today and is used in tech objects all around us such as telephones, video cameras, and voice recorders. He's held over 250 foreign and U.S. patents for microphone designs and polymer foil electret techniques. (Photo: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Landov) 

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