Dr. Patricia Era Bath shook the world up when she invented one of the most important surgical tools in history while stepping further into her role as a groundbreaking ophthalmologist. Now, the late doctor will be honored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), reports PR Newswire.
She along with Marian Croak will be the first two Black women a part of the NIHF Inductee Class of 2022 on May 5.
In 1986, Dr. Bath invented what is arguably one of the most important surgical tools in the history of ophthalmology — the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment. Her use of the Excimer Laser helped to create a device and new method that is responsible for the minimally invasive cataract surgery that we know today.
“To know that my mother is part of the 2022 class of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees is an unbelievable honor,” said her daughter Dr. Eraka Bath. “Her incredible path- and her contributions to the study of ophthalmology, cannot be understated. The NIHF distinction is an overdue recognition of her accomplishments.”
Eye surgeons today still use Dr. Bath’s method to continue to restore and improve vision for millions of patients that suffer from cataracts across the globe.
As the world celebrates her historic achievement, there is now official Dr. Patricia Bath merchandise that’s available for purchase through the new online store, WE RSTEM. The store includes items like mugs, tote bags, t-shirts, and more. Each purchase will go toward a scholarship fund designed specifically for underrepresented students in STEM.
“Today is truly a special day, and I wish my mother could be here,” continued Dr. Eraka Bath. “ Launching the WE RSTEM store allows us to celebrate her life, honor her achievements and inspire future generations.”
Dr. Bath will be honored at two ceremonies in 2022. Her work will be recognized in both the “Illumination Ceremony” at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum located in Alexandria, VA along with the 2022 National Inventors Hall of Fame “Induction Ceremony” in Washington, D.C.