Inventors are inspirational. Rachel Zimmerman is an inventor and a space scientist. This path became hers at a very young age when she invented the Blissymbol Printer. This printer allows physically disabled people to communicate using a touch-sensitive board that translates symbols into written language.
Rachel Zimmerman was born either in 1972 or 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada. When she was in sixth or seventh grade her school had a science fair. Rachel was inspired by her mother, a software company founder and president, and her awareness of people with disabilities to create to a way to make Blissymbols more accessible for people with disabilities. She created the Blissymbols printer and won a silver medal at her school’s fair. She went on to compete at a Canada-wide contest, the World Exhibition of Achievement of Young Inventors. She received another silver medal and went on to win a VTV Television Youth Achievement Award.
High school led to Brandeis University. There she earned a BA in physics. She then earned a master’s degree in Space Science from the International Space University. Her work has led her to the Ames Research Center, the Canadian Space Agency, The Planetary Society, and the California Institute of Technology. In 2003, she became employed as Solar System and Technology Education and Public Outreach Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She continues to work to benefit those with disabilities. She has been published in the Planetary Report as well. In 2011, the Toronto International Film Festival awarded her with the Visionary Award of the Women in Film and Television Showcase.
Rachel Zimmerman has used her knowledge and personal inspiration to create and inspire. Be inspired! Have a bright day!