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Lonnie Johnson – Black Inventor

The term inventor is often associated with serious sciences and extraordinary mathematics and reasoning skill, but sometimes, inventors show their eccentric side and come up with the kind of crazy inventions that display both ingenuity and a sense of fun. One African American inventor who really stands out in this regard is Lonnie Johnson, who has shown that having fun can be both creative and immensely profitable. One of the most prolific inventors of our time, Johnson, who has earned himself an incredible 80 patents to date with 20 more pending, is responsible for dreaming up the best-selling toy in America in the early 1990’s – the Super Soaker.

Johnson is clearly an eccentric personality, but is gifted with a truly incredible mind. He is an extremely well-qualified engineer, but it is the Super Soaker that really brought him to the forefront of the inventing world. Traditional water pistols had little power, and reloading them meant a trip to the nearest tap and an undesirable pause in the game at hand. The Super Soaker was different in a number of ways. Many models featured a suction system of reloading, and the creative design means that a potent supply of water can be shot at your friends, or in some cases, work colleagues.

Apart from bringing the joy of play to millions of people, the creation of the Super Soaker proved tp be a wise move by Johnson. The revenue from Super Soaker sales in 1991 and 1992 is estimated at around $200 million, which was more than enough to fund research into energy creation, distribution and usage. This is actually Johnson’s forte, and he has patented designs that have been used by NASA, and within his two energy firms. The amazing work of Johnson continues to this day, and his ideas will undoubtedly influence our lives for centuries to come.

 

 

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