Bet You Didn't Know These 6 World-changing Inventions Were Created By LatinX
You won’t believe the things that were invented by Latinx folx! Sure, Latinx are known for the music and flavors they bring into the mix, but did you know it goes far beyond that? And the list isn’t limited to the one we have below!
Let’s pay tribute to the generations of Latinx who have influenced and improved not only our nation but the world.
COLOR TV – Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena
Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena, a Mexican electrical engineer, received a patent for a chronoscopic adapter for television equipment in 1942 – this invention introduced the world to colored television because it was able to capture color! So, next time you turn on your TV, thank him for paving the way for your favorite movies and shows to be produced in color. Additionally, NASA used this invention in 1979 in the Voyager’s mission to take pictures of Jupiter in 1979 – so we have more than entertainment to be grateful for.
WIRELESS TELEPHONE SYSTEM – Roberto Landell de Moura
We all love our cellphones, and there was a lot that had to be made possible for us to get to where we are with phones today. Let’s thank Roberto Landell de Moura, a Brazilian Roman Catholic priest and inventor, for developing long-distance audio transmissions in 1895, that made our cellphones possible.
NEONATAL ARTIFICIAL BUBBLE – Claudio Castillón Lévano
Born in Peru, Claudio Castillón Lévano, decided to take action regarding the inadequate medical care and equipment for newborns there and in other South American and Caribbean countries. The mortality rate of premature newborns is extremely high and so Claudio strived to create a life-saving device, and he did. He created the Neonatal Artificial Bubble in 2003, which is used all over the world to improve the intensive care of high-risk premature babies.
NANOPRO – María Alexandra Tamayo
María Alexandra Tamayo, a young inventor from Colombia, invented the device NanoPro in 2016. This device helps purify water, providing safe drinking water and helping limit diseases and deaths in a country where only 8% of households have access to clean drinking water despite being the second country in the world with the most water. The device can eliminate viruses, bacteria, and fungi without affecting the water’s taste, color, and smell – while also being affordable compared to current water treatment systems in Colombia. Maria was named as one of the winners of the Latin American Innovators under 35 in the MIT Technology Review for this invention.
THE STENT – Julio Palmaz
Julio Palmaz is a doctor of vascular radiology from Argentina who created the world’s first balloon-expandable stent – a tube-shaped lifesaving device that was inserted into arteries, changing the game in the cardiology field. This tool aided in the advancement of unclogging arteries to allow blood to flow to the heart easier. It was licensed to Johnson & Johnson in 1994 and quickly became the primary innovation in treating blocked arteries, with more than 2 million implanted annually.
EARTHQUAKE SENSING TECHNOLOGY – Arturo Arias Suárez
Sensing, tracking, and measuring earthquakes is essential in places that are constantly affected. In 1970, Arturo Arias Suárez, a professor from Chile, developed a mathematical formula named “Instrumental Seismic Intensity” or “Arias Intensity.” This method allowed scientists to measure the seismic waves of earthquakes, which allowed them to detect the strength of tremors. This also allows engineers to design buildings that are better suited to handle earthquakes. Isn’t this all amazing? It makes us proud, and the list goes on! Want to learn more about Latinx accomplishments? Check out our other blog posts acknowledging the contributions latinx folx have made, here and here.