Patricia Bath Innovative Lives Presentation and Interview [videotapes], February 17, 2000 and March 1, 2000
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Bath, Patricia Dr. 1949-
0.50 cu. ft. : 2 boxes
BetaCam SP (videotape format)
Oral histories (document genres)
February 17, 2000 and March 1, 2000
Born in New York. B.A., Hunter College, 1964; M.D., Harvard University College of Medicine, 1968. Fellowship in ophthalmology, Columbia University, 1969-1970; internship, New York University, 1970-1973 (where Bath was first African American resident in ophthalmology. Joined faculty of UCLA and Charles R. Drew University in surgery and ophthalmology, and later the Dept. of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. Founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, 1976. Conceived the Laserphaco Probe, 1981 (patented 1988).
Approx. 8.5 hours of original videotaped interviews with Patricia Bath, inventor of the Laserphaco, an instrument which uses lasers to remove cataracts during eye surgery. Also includes interviews with her daughter, Eraka Bath, and supplemental documentation including articles, biographical sketch materials, and selected publications.
Patricia Bath Innovative Lives Presentation and Interview, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Laserphaco (medical instrument)
African American physicians
African American women
Eye equipment and supplies
2000.3067 (NMAH Acc.)
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