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Black History Moment: Ms. Marie Van Brittain Brown


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Marie Van Brittain Brown, inventor & patent holder of the audio-visual door-monitor / home security system.

 

 

Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999) invented the home security system (patent number 3,482,037) in 1966, along with her husband Albert Brown. The patent was granted in 1969. Brown was born in Queens, New York; she died there at age 76.   Brown’s system had a set of 4 peep holes and a camera that could slide up and down to look at each one.

 

Anything and everything the camera picked up would appear on a monitor. Also, a resident could unlatch the door by remote control.   Marie Van Britton Brown was born on October 30, 1922 , in JamaicaQueens, New York City. She was an African-American inventor, who in 1966 had the idea for a home surveillance device. Marie Brown applied for a patent along with Albert Brown in 1966 for a closed circuit television security system. She died on February 2, 1999, in the very same place.

 

Marie Van Brittan Brown was an African-American woman who invented the security system. She and her husband, Albert, created a system for a motorized camera to show images on a monitor. They applied for a patent in 1966 and it was granted i… Marie Van Brittan Brown was an African-American inventor.

 

Born October 30, 1922 – Died February 2, 1999 Queens, New York. back in 1966 the idea for a home surveillance device seemed almost unthinkable. That was the year famous African-American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown, and her partner Albert Brown, applied for an invention patent for a closed-circuit television security system – the forerunner to the modern home security system.

 

Brown’s system had a set of four peep holes and a camera that could slide up and down to look out each one. Anything the camera picked up would appear on a monitor. An additional feature of Brown’s invention was that a person also could unlock a door with a remote control.She was given an Award for the National Scientists Comittee (NSC).     While home security systems today are more advanced than ever, 1966 was the year famous African-American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown, and her partner Albert Brown, applied for an invention patent for a closed-circuit television security system – the forerunner to the modern home security system.

 

A female black inventor far ahead of her time, Marie Van Brittan Brown created an invention that was the first in a long string of home-security inventions that continue to flood the market today.   The patent was granted in 1969. You can see the complete patent application by typing the patent number 3,482,037 into the US Patent office website.

 

 

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