- At age 44, Marie Van Brittan Brown became notable for her work after she developed a home surveillance device
- Her device had unique features including a closed circuit television security system which became a precursor to how modern day home security systems would be designed
- Marie Van Brittan Brown was given a prestigious award by the National Scientists Committee (NSC)
Born on 7 January 1922, Marie Van Brittan Brown, was an African American nurse and inventor from Queens, who came up with the brilliant idea to create a home surveillance device with a closed circuit television security system.
The New York City native, at the age of 44, in 1966 became notable for her idea which would eventually become the first surveillance device to be invented.
She and her husband, Albert L. Brown, applied for the patent and invented a system with a motorized camera that could show images on a monitor.
That patent (#3,482,037) was eventually granted, and her invention went on to become a technological precursor to how modern day home security systems would be designed.
Brown's invention had very unique features for the time; the motorized camera at the door could slide up and down to look out of four peepholes. Anything the camera captured would be displayed on a monitor.
Her system also included a radio-controlled lock that would allow the front door to be remotely unlocked, and an audio-video alarm system that could be used to see and communicate with whoever was at the door.
For her genius invention, which obviously contributed to the future of home security systems, Brown was given a prestigious award by the National Scientists Committee (NSC).
But for the most part, her invention has gone unnoticed and undocumented by the mainstream media and literature.
Sadly, Marie Van Brittan Brown died on February 2, 1999 at the age of 77.
Meanwhile, a photo of an Accra Girls High School student captured in 1979 has surfaced on the internet and has since generated conversations about the fashion sense of Ghanaian females students 40 years ago.
While the photo happens to be in black and white, the young lady still looks adorable after 40 long years.
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