15 unsung women in tech you should know about

15 unsung women in tech you should know about

Curated via Twitter from Mashable’s twitter account….

Unsurprisingly, a group of men at Harvard get credit for the first computerized dating service, called ‘Operation Match. ‘ But it was actually a woman in England who first devised a way to determine compatibility using a computer.

Ada Lovelace, considered the first computer programmer and a visionary for what programming and computers could eventually become, has a technology award named after her, and a holiday devoted to celebrating her legacy.

The work they did for the army in the 1940s resulted in the first software program, the development of computer memory and storage, and the beginnings of programming language.

In the first half of the 20th century, Harvard’s "computers" grew into a unit of female mathematicians at what would become NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working during World War II on behalf of the U. S. Military.

What about the woman who created the Palm Pilot, the woman who made working from home a reality, the woman who invented online dating, or the woman who helped Obama save the internet? (Yes, they were all women.

Not only did Mary Allen Wilkes helped develop what is now considered the first "personal computer" — she was also the first person to have a PC in her home.

Though built and prototyped by Jeff Hawkins, the Palm Pilot was brought to market by Dubinsky – an alum of Harvard Business School and Apple who built the first PDA company, Palm.

The ENIAC builders recruited six women who became the world’s first coders, manipulating the ENIAC to calculate missile trajectories.

Katherine Johnson meanwhile, the NASA "computer" responsible for successfully plotting the flight paths of some of America’s earliest space exploration expeditions, was the subject of the Hollywood blockbuster Hidden Figures (and the book it’s based on).

First, she took on Steve Jobs’ directive to create a sleeker font for Apple — one that gave each letter its due amount of pixels, and didn’t attempt to make each uniform in the amount of space it took up (like a typewriter).

In the late 1940s, Grace Hopper worked at the Harvard Computation Lab as part of the Navy Reserve, programming the Mark 1 computer that brought speed and accuracy to military initiatives.

It was called the ENIAC, and it’s now considered the first electrical computer.

After spending the first two decades of her life harassed by colleagues and shunned by her family for her sexual and gender identity, Angelica Ross, a transgender woman, is now one of the leading advocates for transgender opportunities in tech.

She helped develop the UNIVAC I computer, the first business-oriented machine.

Annie Easley made the jump from "human computer" to computer programmer while working at the mid-century agency of what would become NASA.

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