Lewis Latimer was a famous black inventor, son to parents who were originally enslaved. Lewis was born and grew up in 1848, in Chelsea, MA, a suburb of Boston. He grew up there and became known to be good in the fields of mathematics and drafting in Phillips Grammar school. He worked with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, and designed some inventions of his own.
No he did not win any famous awards but was still known well for helping Edison and designing some inventions of his own. In 1881, Latimer patented a method for making carbon filaments, allowing light bulbs to burn for hours instead of minutes. He was working with a rival of Thomas Edison (not on purpose for being against Edison) and claimed it as his. His creation helped the light bulb, which was improved by many people.