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A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a photo of Margaret Hamilton next to a stack of source code. It’s a powerful image and I found myself wondering about the girl in the photo so I began to do “research” aka stalk her on the internet. The more I read about Margaret Hamilton, the more…
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  • January 7, 2015

TechWCW #1 – Poppy Northcutt

In December of 1968, Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to leave earth, orbit the moon, and return safely.  The crew consisted of three male astronauts; Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders.  There were also dozens of men back at Mission Control, but only one woman: Twenty-five year old Frances “Poppy” Northcutt. Poppy…
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  • January 7, 2015

Tech WCW #2 – Frances E. Allen

The A.M. Turing Award has been awarded to one individual every year by the Association for Computing Machinery since 1966.  The recipients are chosen based on their technical contributions to the field of computing.  The Turing Award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of Computing, it is generally regarded as the highest honor…
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  • February 4, 2015

Tech WCW #3 – Annie Easley

This entry of TechWCW is shorter, because Annie Easley was brought to my attention by Ashley Nelson-Hornstein an engineer at Dropbox.  She wrote an excellent piece profiling Annie Easley where you can learn more about her.   Annie Easley was a computer programmer, mathematician, and aerospace engineer at the Lewis Research Center at NASA &…
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  • February 25, 2015

Tech WCW #4 – Jean Jennings Bartik

On February 14th 1946 the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was unveiled to the public.  It was the first general purpose electronic digital computer and it was Turing Complete.  The project was funded by the United States Military to speed up mathematical tasks, most notably artillery firing tables for the Army for World War…
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  • September 14, 2016