Grace Hopper - Queen of Software
Called the Queen of Software by many, Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper helped invent some of the early English language programming languages. She is most famously associated with the Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) which lead the way for more modern programming language, without her, Buzzfeed would probably wouldn’t be a thing… The world's largest gathering of women technologists is named after her.
Betty Holberton - Mother of the First Programmable Computer
Betty Holberton, born in 1917, was victim of discrimination at College: on her first day of classes, Holberton's math professor asked her if she wouldn't be better off at home raising children. Instead she studied journalism. But later on, she enrolled in the US Army and became one of the six programmers of the ENIAC, which was the very first programmable computer. She is also the namesake of a Software Engineering school in San Francisco.
Ada Lovelace - Prophet of Computer Age
Born in 1815, she developed an algorithm for a computer that didn’t yet exist — an accomplishment that some say qualifies her as the world’s first computer programmer. She’s celebrated each year on Ada Lovelace Day and memorialized by the object oriented programming language that bears her name, Ada.
Redia Perlman - Mother of the Internet
Network engineer Radia Perlman helped make the Ethernet technology a worldwide standard. Her Spanning Tree Protocol made it possible to build massive networks using Ethernet, like our good old Internet.
Hedy Lamarr - Wireless Visionary
Hedy Lamarr and her coinventor, George Antheil, created the technology to help the Navy to remotely control torpedoes. The idea of frequency hopping was that the randomized channel switching made it difficult for outside agents to understand what was being communicated. The principles of their work are now incorporated into modern WiFi and Bluetooth technology.
Evelyn Boyd Granville - Space Exploration Pioneer
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1924, Evelyn Boyd Granville became only the second black woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. She joined IBM in 1956, where she wrote computer software for NASA's Project Vanguard and Project Mercury space programs. Granville embarked on a 30 year career as a professor in 1967, and continued to encourage mathematical studies after retiring from the classroom.
Margaret Hamilton - Space exploration pioneer
On July 20, 1969 the Apollo 11 astronauts succeeded in landing with nearflawless precision on the moon. Shortly after, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first historic steps on another world. Margaret Hamilton is the software engineer who got them there. She took humanity to the Moon. Margaret (Heafield) Hamilton wrote the code for Apollo 11’s onboard flight software, and as a result of her work, she received NASA’s Exceptional Space Act Award.
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