Women In STEAM Fields

Valerie Thomas

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Physicist and Inventor at NASA who designed computer programs that supported research on Halley's Comet, the ozone layer, and satellite technology. She invented the Illusion Transmitter, for which she received a patent in 1980. The device produces optical illusion images via two concave mirrors which create images that appear to be real, or in front of the mirror itself. This technology was subsequently adopted by NASA and has also been used in surgery and for the production of television and video screens. Moreā€¦