Valerie Thomas

Born February or May 1943. No specific date of birth, most sources said May, one said February.

She invented the illusion transmitter.

She attended Morgan State University and was one of two women to major in physics.

She started work at NASA as a data analyst in 1964.

She received a patent for the illusion transmitter which NASA still uses today.

She retired from NASA in 1995.

She started in science at age 8 building projects from The Boys First Book of Electronics.

She is considered a hidden figure.

She is considered a prominent African-American inventor of the 20th Century.

Her team developed Landsat, the first satellite to send images from space.