Garrett Morgan (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963)
Inventor of the traffic signal & gas mask (which he called the safety hood & smoke protector).
Born into poverty and having had little formal education, Morgan nevertheless became a successful inventor and entrepreneur. In 1914, he patented his “breathing device,” a hood that allows one to breathe safely in the presence of smoke, gas, and other pollutants. 93 more words