The Big Idea: 7 Groundbreaking Black Female Inventors

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Dr. Betty Harris

After earning her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Dr. Betty Harris became a research chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  She worked extensively in the area of explosives, and in 1986, she obtained a patent for identifying and determining the sensitivity level of explosives.  Her contributions were so significant that in1996, Dr. Harris was one of only eight people selected for inclusion in the National Science Foundation’s “Women in Science” profile.

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