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February as Black History Month

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

BroadMAX Networks celebrates February as Black History Month by honoring 3 African-American tech inventors who changed our world.

American data scientist Valerie L. Thomas (born February 8, 1943) is an American data scientist and inventor. She invented the illusion transmitter, for which she received a patent in 1980. She was responsible for developing the digital media formats image processing systems used in the early years of NASA's Landsat program.

Mark E. Dean (born March 2, 1956) is an American inventor and computer engineer. He developed the ISA bus, and he led a design team for making a one-gigahertz computer processor chip.[1] He holds three of nine PC patents for being the co-creator of the IBM personal computer released in 1981.[2] In 1995, Dean was named the first ever African-American IBM Fellow.[3]

Dean was elected as a member into the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 for innovative and pioneering contributions to personal computer development.

In August 2011, writing in his blog, Dean stated that he now uses a tablet computer instead of a PC.

Jesse Eugene Russell (born April 26, 1948) is an American inventor. He was trained as an electrical engineer at Tennessee State University and Stanford University, and worked in the field of wireless communication for over 20 years. He holds patents and continues to invent and innovate in the emerging area of next generation broadband wireless networks, technologies and services, often referred to as 4G. Russell was inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the field of wireless communication. He pioneered the field of digital cellular communication in the 1980s through the use of high power linear amplification and low bit rate voice encoding technologies and received a patent in 1992 for his work in the area of digital cellular base station design.

Russell is Chairman and CEO of inc NETWORKS, Inc., a New Jersey-based Broadband Wireless Communications Company focused on 4th Generation (4G) Broadband Wireless Communications Technologies, Networks and Services.




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