Rebecca "Becky" Schroeder

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Rebecca "Becky" Schroeder
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Born1962 (age 61–62)
Toledo, Ohio
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Known forKnown for youngest female to be granted a US patent
  • Charles Schroeder (father)

Rebecca "Becky" Schroeder (born 1962) was an American inventor and the youngest female to be granted a US patent.[1] When Becky was 10 years old she thought of using a backing sheet of paper with phosphorescent lines that could be placed under writing paper that would allow her to write even with no other light available. She was granted Patent 3,832,556 on August. 27, 1974, when she was 12 years old. The formal title of her invention is "luminescent backing sheet for writing in the dark," [2] or "Glow Sheet."[3] NASA showed an interest in the invention, since they were working on a similar idea at the time.[1]

Schroeder is from Toledo, Ohio. Her father, Charles Schroeder was a patent attorney, and also an inventor.[2] In August 1975 she received her second patent.[4] She has since received a number of additional patents for her inventions.[5]Schroeder is featured in a children's non-fiction book called "Girls Think of Everything."[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Audio: Glo-sheet (Public Radio Commentary by Bill Hammack)". Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Times, Stacy V. Jones Special to The New York (1974-08-17). "Girl Finds Way to Write in Dark". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  3. "The 10 Youngest Inventors of All Time - young inventors, inventors, youngest inventors". Oddee. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  4. "Inventors". 25 August 1975. Retrieved 2020-05-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Becky J. Schroeder Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search". Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  6. Coles, Amy (2016-05-31). "Picture book biographies: best heartwarming true stories". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-20.

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