-        Valerie Thomas became fascinated with the mysteries of technology , tinkering with electronics with her father and reading books on electronics written for adolescent boys.

-        It seemed destined that she would pursue a enjoyable career in science.

-        Thomas enrolled at morgan state university and performed exceedingly well as a student , graduating with a degree in physics.

-        She later accepted a position with the National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) , serving as a data analyst.

-        Soon after she was asked to manage the “Landsat” project , an image processing system that would allow a satellite to transmit images from space.

-        She applied for a patent on December 28 1978 and the patent was issued on October 21 1980 , The invention was similar to the technique of holographic production of image recording which uses coherent radiation and employs front wave reconstruction techniques which render the process unfeasible due to the enormous expense and complicated setup. Parabolic mirrors, however, can render these optical illusions with the use use of a concave mirror near the subject image and a second concave mirror at a remote site. In the description of her patent, the process is explained. “Optical illusions may be produced by parabolic mirrors wherein such images produced thereby are possessed with three dimensional attributes. The optical effect may be explained by the fact that the human eyes see an object from two view points separated laterally by about six centimeters. The two views show slightly different spatial relationships between near and near distant objects and the visual process fuses these stereoscopic views to a single three dimensional impression. The same parallax view of an object may be experienced upon reflection of an object seen from a concave mirror.” The Illusion Transmitter would thus enable the users to render three-dimensional illusions in real-time.

-        Valerie Thomas continued working for NASA until 1995 when she retired.

-        She also designed programs to research halley’s comet and ozone holes , she received numerous awards for her service , including the GSFC Award of Merit and the NASA Equal Opportunity Medal