Moments in History: Patricia Bath


Patricia Era BathĀ (November 4, 1942 ā€“ May 30, 2019) was an AmericanĀ ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic.

She was an early pioneer of laser cataract surgery.

She also became first woman member of theĀ Jules Stein Eye Institute, first woman to lead a post-graduate training program inĀ ophthalmology, and first woman elected to the honorary staff of theĀ UCLA Medical Center.

Bath was the firstĀ African-AmericanĀ person to serve as a resident in ophthalmology atĀ New York University. She was also the first African-American woman to serve on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center.

Bath was the first African-American woman doctor to receive aĀ patentĀ for a medical purpose. The holder of five patents, she also founded the non-profit American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness inĀ Washington, D.C.

Bath was also recognized for her philanthropic work in the field of ophthalmology by PresidentĀ Barack Obama. In 2009, she was on stage with President Obama and was put on his commission for digital accessibility to blind children.

In April 2019, Bath testified in a hearing called the “Trailblazers and Lost Einsteins: Women Inventors and the Future of American Innovation” at the Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., where Bath had shown the gender disparities in the STEM field and lack of female inventors.

Bath died on May 30, 2019, at aĀ University of California, San FranciscoĀ medical center fromĀ cancer-related complications, aged 76.

Check out the following links for further information–inventor-of-laser-based-cataract-treatment–dies-65974


What is Black History Month?

Black History MonthĀ is an annual observance originating in theĀ United States, where it is also known asĀ African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed inĀ Ireland, theĀ Netherlands, and theĀ United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of theĀ African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States[5]Ā and Canada,[6]Ā while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.


We at TNC feel that Black History is not just a month-long observance in February, but a continual look at African-American contributions to this country.



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