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Patricia Bath

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Ciarra Haney

on 7 February 2013

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Interesting Facts Life: Patricia Era Bath was born on November 14, 1942 to Rupert and Gladys Bath. Bath's family resided in Harlem New York. Her father worked as a merchant seaman and her mother a housewife, encouraging her daughter to read, which made Bath more interested in science. Bath enjoyed Chemistry the most.
Education: Patricia bath attended Charles Evans High School in New York, and just after 2 and 1/2 years of study, she graduated. In 1964, Bath graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York. Soon after, she enrolled in medical school at Howard University in Washington, DC. Patricia returned to New York in the fall of 1968 to work as an intern at Harlem Hospital and accepted a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University a year later. Personal Info When Bath returned to New York in 1968, she worked in the Harlem Hospital and accepted a fellowship in Opthamology at Columbia University. Being in the two environments, she made the discovery that many of the patients at Harlem Columbia Eye Clinic suffered blindness while few at the Columbia Eye Clinic did. After futher research, she concluded that blacks were eight times more likely to suffer blindness than whites. From her observations, she realized that sh could do something to help. In 1981 she began work on her invention which she would call a "Laserphaco Probe." The laser would be used to make a small incision in the eye and the laser energy would vaporize the cataracts within a couple of minutes. Her invention would take alot of discomfort and time out of eye surgery. Invention Contributions Contributions in the field:
Patricia Bath's invention allowed easier surgery process.
The Laserphaco Probe allows time and money to be saved on Cataract Surgey.
Bath was also the first African-American woman surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center and the first woman to be on the faculty of the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.
She is the founder and first president of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindnes
was elected to Hunter College Hall of Fame in 1988 and elected as Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine in 1993.

Contributions outside the field: Patients who suffer from cataracts can now be cured. Bath's invention takes the discomfort from cataract sugery. It painlssly emoves the cataract by a laser. Other Info President/Vice President: In 1981, Ronald Reagan was the president. The VP was George Bush.

Culture of the time period: The 80's were a time of fashion and uprising technology.

African Americans in the 80's: In the 80's slavery was all over and segregation was at an alltime low, However as a young girl, Bath experienced Sexism, racism, and poverty growing up in Harlem. Bath has one sister.
She founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness.
She is married to Benny J. Primm and has a daughter named Eraka Patty Jene Bath.
She earned her first award at the age 16.
She loved to read books, travel, and fight blindness.
She traveled to Africa to help a lady who had been blind for thirty years. Modern African American Inventors: Patricia Bath
By: Ciarra Haney Important Life Events Became the first African-American to recieve patent for the Cataract Laserphaco Probe.
Recieved a grant from the National Science Foundation
She is the founder and first president of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindnes Works Cited http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/patricia-bath
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