Marie Van Brittan Brown: Inventor

Marie Van Brittan Brown October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999 was an African-American inventor. She was the inventor of the home security system in 1966, along with her husband Albert Brown. In the same year they jointly applied for a patent, which was granted in 1969. Brown was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York; she died there at the age of 76.