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Transcript of Valerie Thomas
As a child, Valerie Thomas became fascinated with the mysteries of technology. valerie watched her father work on widgets and she became intersted and studied "The Boys First Book on Electronics." Once she graduated
Thomas, searched for
a way to contribute her skills
to science at Morgan State University.
Majoring in physics. Now degreed and working for NASA, Thomas
tried processing images from space. After Succesfully
completeing her mission she carried her findings into
illusion transmitter. The invention extends the idea of Television, which only
has its images located flatly behind a screen. As to having
three dimensional projections appear as though they were
right in your living room. In 1976, Thomas attended a scientific seminar that would change her career focus. The exhibit demonstrated an illusion by fooling the viewer with the use of concave mirrors. Thomas fooled viewers to believe that a light buld was still glowing even
after it had been unscrewed. Thomas recieved many awards for her
service. Like the GSFC Award of Merit, and
the NASA Equal Opportunity Medal. She retired from her postion
of accociate chief of space Science
Data Operations in 1995.
Valerie Thomas began experimenting on an illusion transmitter in 1977. In 1980, she patented it. In operation, concave mirrors are set up on both ends of the transmission. The net effect of this is an optical illusion of a 3-dimensional image that looks real on the receiving end. This brilliant innovation placed Thomas among the most prominent black inventors of the 20th century.
Valerie worked as a mathematical anayst for NASA after recieveing a degree in physics. She later served as project manager for the development of NASA's image-processing system on Landsat, the first satellite to send images from outer space Accomplishment The likelihood of her enjoying a career in science seemed bleak, as her all-girls high school did not push her to take advanced science or math classes or encourage her in that direction Thomas applied for a patent for the process and it issued on October 21, 1980.
While she was most famous for her work with the Illusion Transmitter she also designed programs to research Halley's comet and ozone holes