Inventors are inspirational. Marie Van Brittan Brown was an inventor and a nurse. She invented the home security system. With her husband, Albert Brown, they received a patent for the device she invented to solve the problem of being home alone when a visitor came to the door allowing for safe recognition and entry of the visitor.
Marie was born on October 30, 1922 in Queens, New York. She became a nurse and married Albert, an electronics technician. An increase in neighborhood crime and time spent alone at home inspired her to invent a security system in 1966. The couple were granted the patent in 1969. Being African American and given the historical time period, there is not a lot of information about Marie’s life. It is reported that the couple had five children. Her invention led to a home security industry and was used in businesses as well.
The device they patented consisted of four peepholes with a camera that could adjust the view for four different levels of height. Another feature allowed the home owner to unlock the door electronically after viewing the visitor on a monitor. The system had audio and video components. Home security helped with problems involving slow police response time as well. Her invention led to her receiving an award from the National Science Committee.
Marie Van Brittan Brown died in Queens, New York on February 2, 1999. Her audio-video alarm system allowed many, herself included, to feel safer when home alone. Be inspired! Have a bright day!