Patricia Bath

Patrica Bath was born in Harlem in 1942, the daughter of a merchant seaman and a cleaning lady. A brilliant student in high school she won scholarships that enabled her to pursue a medical degree. The motivation to bring sight to the blind prompted Bath to become an opthalmologist. In the 1980s Patricia Bath began work with YAG and excimer lasers in Europe. Several years of research led to four patents for instruments for removal of cataracts. One of the instruments she developed, the laserphacoprobe, uses a directed laser beam that breaks up cataracts. Another invention was the the instrument used for ablating and removing cataracts. In 1999 she developed the pulsed ultrasound method for emulsifying and removing lenses afflicted with cataracts.

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Mothers and Daughters of Invention by Autumn Stanley (Rutgers University Press, 1995) p. 163.
Black Stars:African American Scientists and Inventors by Otha Richard Sullivan (John Wiley and Sons, 2002) pp. 88-91.
Patently Female by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek (John Wiley, 2002) pp. 104-107.

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