Elijah McCoy was born in the mid-1840s in Ontario, Canada. He was the son of slaves who had escaped from Kentucky via the famed Underground Railroad. Elijah was raised in Michigan, and his parents somehow earned enough money for their precocious son to study engineering in Edinburgh, Scotland. He became an inventor. By the time of his death in 1929, McCoy had obtained 57 U.S. patents. His most significant invention was the self-lubricating steam engine, a device that some say revolutionized transportation. Unless you're a student of engineering history, there's a good chance you've never heard of this remarkable thinker, which is why Canadian author Andrew... More >>>