Celebrating Black History Month 2019
Join us in celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the amazing achievements of some African-Americans who have made significant contributions to the science and technology that impacts our lives every day.
Marie Van Brittan Brown
While home security systems today are more advanced than ever, back in 1966 the idea for a home surveillance device seemed almost unthinkable. That was the year famous African-American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown, and her partner Albert Brown, applied for an invention patent for a closed-circuit television security system – the forerunner to the modern home security system.
Brown’s original invention, laid the foundation for later security systems that make use of many of its features such as video monitoring, remote-controlled door locks, push-button alarm triggers, instant messaging to security providers and police, as well as two-way voice communication.
John Thompson paved the way for African-Americans to have leadership roles in tech companies. He was the first and only African-American leader of a major technology company, Symantec. As chairman, president, and CEO, Thompson transformed the company into a multibillion-dollar world leader in Internet security products, including its popular Norton computer security software packages.
He is now the CEO of Virtual Instruments and is the only black man on Microsoft’s board of directors.
Emmit J McHenry
Emmit J. McHenry is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Network Solutions, Inc., one of the early leading Internet domain services providers.
A true pioneer of the internet as we know it, Emmit McHenry is behind the registry of the .com extension that is synonymous with a website domain. He created a complex computer code whereby ordinary people can now surf the web or have e-mails without having to study computer science.
There’s no secret code here. Kimberly Bryant’s goal is simple – increase the number of girls of color that innovate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Her belief is that it’s “not lack of interest but lack of access” to programs and tools that teach STEM subjects that are alienating women of color.
In 2011, Bryant started Black Girls Code, an organization to provide after-school programs and workshops to young girls so they can learn and improve their skills in computer programming and coding. Check out http://www.blackgirlscode.com for more information about Kimberly’s passion project.
We proudly salute these four pioneers and the accomplishments of all African-Americans during Black History Month.