Women In History: Marie Van Brittan Brown

The Creator of Modern Security Systems — Marie Van Brittan — Odetta

Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999) was a nurse and an innovator. In 1966, she invented a video home security system along with her husband Albert Brown, an electronics technician. In the same year, they applied for a patent for their innovative security system, which was granted in 1969. Brown was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York; she died there at the age of 76 in 1999.

In 1969, Brown and her husband received a patent for the invention under the U.S. Patent number 3,482,037. Her invention was recognized in The New York Times and she received an award from the National Scientists Committee for her work.

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