Dr. Valerie L. Thomas got her start with NASA From 1964 to 1995.  She worked in a variety of positions where she developed real-time computer data systems, conducted large-scale      experiments and managed various operations, projects and facilities. Thomas’ team spearheaded the development of “Landsat,” the first satellite to send images from space.

In 1976, she went on to learn how concave mirrors could create the illusion of 3-dimensional objects. She felt it would be revolutionary if technology could be harnessed to transmit this illusion. With her vision, she began experimenting on an illusion transmitter in 1977.

In 1980, Dr. Valerie L. Thomas received a patent for an “illusion transmitter,” which creates three-dimensional projections.  Many believe this is the future for televisions and video games.  Her inventions makes objects and images appear closer.

NASA continues to use her technology today and is exploring new ways to use it. Doctors are currently using her invention to create 3-D images of the body to help better diagnose patients. This brilliant innovation placed Thomas among the most prominent black inventors of the 20th century.

Information obtained from: http://www.black-inventor.com/Valerie-Thomas.asp

This Black History Month, we salute Dr. Valerie L. Thomas!