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I Bet You Didn’t Know Thompson_webThe Chairman of “Microsoft” is an African American.  John Thompson; replaced Bill Gates as board chairman. Gates is remaining on the Microsoft board. Thompson is/or was the CEO of Virtual Instruments, a company that manages virtual-physical cloud migrations and an investor in a handful of early-stage tech companies in Silicon Valley. Thompson also served as CEO of Symanec for 10 years, through 2009, and on Symantec’s board until 2011. Before that, he held a variety of management positions at IBM in sales, marketing, software development for a variety of products including (somewhat ironically), OS/2.

fig6Ibn_3When Europe was in the “Dark Ages” Africans had “indoor plumbing” at KILWA. The first gold coins struck south of the Sahara, after the decline at Aksum, were minted at Kilwa, presumably for facilitating international trade. One of them was found at the Mwene Mutabe site of Great Zimbabwe.The famous Moroccan trader Ibn Battuta visited Kilwa in 1331 and wrote “Kilwa is amongst the most beautiful cities and elegantly built….The ruling class lived in stone houses with indoor plumbing………” (Tanzania by Jens Finke)

imhotepFather of Medicine Imhotep The legendary and much talked about Hippocrates of Greece was a student of Imhotep at the Memphis temple, the Hippocrates oath that Doctors or Physicians take is actually an oath that Imhotep made his students take at the Temple of Memphis. Phiny the elder, Hippocrates, Herophilos, Erasistrus and later Galen are the Greek students that were taught by Imhotep. Know that Imhotep was a black man and is the father of medicine, not Hippocrates.

 

SP_07_DanielHaleWilliams_a_sq_smFirst Successful Heart Surgery in the U.S. Daniel Hale Williams In 1893, exactly 121 years ago, Chicago surgeon Daniel Hale Williams performed , the first successful open heart surgery, in what would become both a significant medical advancement, and a huge step in the fight for equality, since Williams was one of the nation’s few black cardiologists at the time. Called “the father of black surgery,” Williams’ name is absent from many medical history books, according to, TMW Media, which makes educational videos, for use in schools.

 

hamilton-nakiHamilton Naki, a former gardener who was so skilled in complicated surgery that he helped in the world’s first human heart transplant — but had to keep this secret in apartheid South Africa. He died May 29 2005, at his home near Cape Town. He was in his seventies. “He has skills I don’t have,” Dr. Christian Barnard, who performed the heart operation, told the Associated Press in 1993. “If Hamilton had had the opportunity to perform, he would have probably become a brilliant surgeon.”    In December 1967 Barnard asked Mr. Naki to be part of the backup team, in what became the world’s first successful human heart transplant This was in violation of the country’s laws on racial segregation, which, among other things, dictated that blacks should not be given medical training nor work in whites-only operating theaters, nor have contact with white patients. Mr. Naki was especially known for teaching medical students to perform intricate liver transplants on pigs, a procedure that is said to be more complicated than human heart transplants. Prof. Ralph Kirsch, head of the Liver Research Center, described him as “one of those remarkable men who really come around once in a long time.” “As a man without any education, he mastered surgical techniques at the highest level and passed them on to young doctors. I don’t think that happens very often anywhere in the world,” he said in a Web site tribute. By the time he retired in 1991, he had reached only the level of laboratory assistant. But he had to be content with the meager pension of a gardener, given that his more skilled work had never been made public. It was only in 1994, after the end of apartheid, that Mr. Naki’s contributions became known. In 2002, President Thabo Mbeki gave him the country’s highest order for his years of public service. The next year, Graca Machel, the University of Cape Town’s vice chancellor and wife of former president Nelson Mandela, bestowed an honorary degree in medicine on Mr. Naki in recognition of the years he spent training young doctors who later become leading surgeons throughout the world. The City Vision newspaper said that just before his death, Mr. Naki wrote a letter detailing his childhood life and how he grew up in the rural Eastern Cape, pointing out the difficulties he encountered and the struggle to become educated. He pointed to famine and the poverty that forced him to leave the Eastern Cape and come to work in Cape Town. During his retirement, he achieved a longtime ambition of collecting money for a school in his deprived home province, hoping to provide an education he was never able to afford for his own four children. charlesdrew

Dr Charles Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, D.C. He was an African-American physician who developed “Life saving Blood Plasma”. And ways to process and store blood plasma in “blood banks.” He directed the blood plasma programs of the United States and Great Britain in World War II, but resigned after a ruling that the blood of African-Americans would be segregated. For the final years of his life, Drew remained an active and highly regarded medical professional. He continued to serve as the chief surgeon at Freedmen’s Hospital and a professor at Howard University. He died in 1950. Drew was only 45 years old at the time of his death, and it is remarkable how much he was able to accomplish in such a limited amount of time. As the Reverend Jerry Moore said at Drew’s funeral, Drew had “a life which crowds into a handful of years’ significance, so great, men will never be able to forget it.”

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