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Marie Van Brittan Brown, Inventor

Marie Van Brittan Brown, Inventor

Guest post author: Lily Does your house have a security system? Marie Van Brittan Brown was the inventor of the first home security systems which made the homes of so many people safer! Born on October 20, 1922 in New York, she was an inventor and Nurse. Marie Van...
Hedy Lamarr and Frequency Hopping

Hedy Lamarr and Frequency Hopping

Sometimes, an invention is invented because someone makes an imaginative leap from one thing to another. That can be why a regular person comes up with a clever new innovation that the experts didn’t see—the expert is focused on their one area of expertise, that they...
Sarah Goode, Black Inventor of the Cabinet Bed

Sarah Goode, Black Inventor of the Cabinet Bed

Sarah E. Goode (1855-1905) was the first African American woman to be awarded a U.S. Patent, for a cabinet bed, which would fold up during the day “so as to occupy less space, and made generally to resemble some article of furniture when so folded.” Her patent was...
Sarah Goode, Black Inventor of the Cabinet Bed

Marjorie Joyner and the Permanent Wave Machine

Not every invention is a brand new idea, out of the blue. Many inventions are an improvement on an older idea. People made toast before there were toasters, for example, but once we had electricity, we could use electricity to make toast, instead of risking burning...