|| Valerie Thomas.
Scientist and Inventor.
Interested in technology from an early age, Valerie Thomas struggled with support in taking science and math courses even from her father. By college age, she was one of 2 women at Morgan University majoring in physics. She excelled in all her courses and after graduation landed a job at NASA.
At NASA, she was a data analyst who would go on to head a group of approximately 50 people for the Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE). After attending an exhibition about the illusion of a light blub even though it wasn’t in the socket with the use of a concave mirror, she became deeply interested.
After researching how she could incorporate what she learned into her work at NASA, Valerie Thomas was granted a patent for an illusion transmitter in October of 1980. An illusion transmitter simplified is early development of 3D technology. It’s still used by NASA today.