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Day 16 O.S. (Ozzie) Williams – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Ozzie Williams

Mr. Williams was born September 2, 1921, he blazed a path of first, being that he had a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering he was hired by Republic Aviation, Inc. during World War II.  No less this was at a time when African American were still not encouraged to become engineers.

Within four years working at Republic Aviation he was promoted to Senior Aerodynamicist.  Later Williams joined Greer Hydraulics, Inc. he was the group project engineer.  This team that he lead helped develop the first airborne radar beacon, this was useful for locating crashed aircraft.

Thought this mans efforts we are assured that no matter what happens in the sky if something goest wrong, we should be able to find it, because someone cared enough to think about those who were lost in Aircraft accidents.


Day 11 Granville T. Woods – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Granville T. Woods was born in Columbus Ohio April 23, 1856. He attended school till he was 10 he served as and apprenticeship in a machine shop and learned the trades of machinist and blacksmith. Woods realized that learning and education were essential for developing critical skills he went to night school and took some private lessons.

Woods invested his spare time in studying electronics, later he took a mechanical engineering course in an eastern college.  While his skills were great he couldn’t get anywhere in the jobs he was getting.

Woods was a great electrician and inventive genius, Woods invented fifteen appliances for electric railways.  In 1880 he had established his own shop in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Woods later succeeded in selling many of his inventions to some of the county’s largest corporations.