Meet Valerie Thomas, NASA Physicist Who Invented 3D Visualization Technology

The next time you enjoy a three-dimensional movie, game, or other visual, know that you are experiencing technology invented by a Black woman. While a physicist at NASA, Dr. Valerie Thomas created the illusion transmitter mechanism that, when paired with concave mirrors, creates a multidimensional effect. She patented her invention in 1980 and the technology is still widely used by NASA and other industries throughout the world.

Dr. Thomas retired from a long and extraordinary scientific career after serving as associate chief of NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office, manager of the NASA Automated Systems Incident Response Capability, and chair of the Space Science Data Operations Office Education Committee.

Click here to learn more about the amazing Black woman whose genius is literally on full display across global platforms.

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