Black Inventors in Tech: Valerie Thomas [Day 15]

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In an era when girls weren’t even encouraged to study math and science (a problem that persists today), Thomas eagerly sought information about technology. She would eventually earn a degree in physics and land a job at NASA in the mid-1960s, where she would work into the 1990s. In 1980 she received a patent for the illusion transmitter, an early form of 3-D technology. Uses for the technology have yet to be fully realized, but with the increased interest in 3-D, her work will surely be an integral part of the future.

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