New Book Explores The First Black American Who Was Granted 49 Patents

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An explanation and photo of each patent granted to Mr. Granville Taylor Woods

A book that accurately explains the patents granted to Granville Taylor Woods from 1884 to 1907 and how the novel claims led to patents are detailed in the book titled Granville Taylor Woods: The First Black American Who Was Granted Forty-Nine Patents written by Jonathan Walker Sr., P.E.

The material is divided into five (5) sections: introduction, birthplace of Granville Woods, list of patents, list of patent assignments, and photos with a description of each patent granted to Mr. Woods. This book aims to furnish a concise way of presenting the material in layman’s terms. Mr. Walker states, “To put Mr. Woods’ inventions in layman’s terms is to describe complex technology using words and terms that an average individual may comprehend.” In this book, the fundamental concepts of Mr. Woods’ patents will be explained alongside the patent drawings. It contains an exhaustive list and photos of his original patent drawings in addition to handwritten notes by the patent examiner on the back of each drawing. This can lead to more scholarly work in a comparison with other patents during Mr. Woods’ era. Also, it will permit non-technical authors to publish accurate statements and feel confident on presenting well-grounded history.

There is supplemental material online which supports the book such as forty-nine free newsletters—one each month—which summarize each patent for those who subscribe via e-mail and there are several free short videos that discuss Mr. Woods’ patents related to the railway industry. For more information on free newsletters, photos, and videos, the author has created the following e-mail account, social networks, and video hosting websites:

This book will be featured at the 2012 Public Library Association Book Exhibit in Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia PA on March 13-17, 2012.

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About the Author
There were four major events in the life of Jonathan Walker that harvested the foundation for him in being the first African American Electrical Engineer to publish an exhaustive list of patents granted to Granville Taylor Woods: a) three years of high school electronics, b) electronics training in the U.S. Marine Corps, c) an Electrical Engineering degree from Howard University, and d) obtaining a license as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) after obtaining a Master of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

The Granville Taylor Woods * by Jonathan Walker Sr., P.E.
The First Black American Who Was Granted Forty-Nine Patents
Publication Date: December 22, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 346 pages; 978-1-4653-0767-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 346 pages; 978-1-4653-0768-2
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-0769-9

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