Celebrating Black History Marie Van Brittan Brown

Celebrating Black History Marie Van Brittan Brown


The patent for the invention was filed in 1966, and it later influenced modern home security systems that we still use today. Marie Van Brittan Brown’s invention was inspired by the security risk that her home faced in the neighborhood where she lived. She needed to create a system that would allow her to know who was at her home and contact relevant authorities as quickly as possible.


Marie and Albert Brown filed for a patent on August 1, 1966, under the title, “Home Security System Utilizing Television Surveillance.” Their application was approved on December 2, 1969. Brown’s invention gained her well-deserved recognition, including an award from the National Scientists Committee (no year for the award can be identified) and an interview with the New York Times on December 6, 1969.


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