Courtesy of Biography

359: Patricia Bath

Ophthalmologist & Laser Scientist

Born: 4 November 1942, New York City, New York, United States of America

Died: 30 May 2019, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Patricia invented a new way of doing cataract surgery (called laserphaco).

She was the first female ophthalmologist to be appointed to the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.

She was also the first woman to chair an ophthalmology residency program in the United States, and the first African American Female Scientist to earn a medical patent in the United States.

In 1976, Patricia helped found the nonprofit organization American Institute For the Prevention of Blindness.

Two months before her death, she testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee focusing on women inventors and “the Future of American Innovation” (Per the New York Times linked below).

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Women in Science by Rachel Ignatofsky