The 15 Most Important Women in Tech History

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jhonywalker

Aside from Hedy Lamar that others have mentioned, I would have included Adele Goldberg, who played a pivotal role on the Xerox PARC team that developed Smalltalk, object oriented programming. Limited Tort | Limited Tort in Philadelphia

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So, in honor of Women's History Month and Ada Lovelace Day (March 24th), and all the women in tech, we’ve decided to pay homage by counting down the 15 Most Important Women in Tech History. cedar decks | cedar deck boards | prestige decking | buy western red cedar | cedar deck lumber

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Philips

These women are adorable. Thank you for posting the adorability of a woman. These things are history, shouts the awesomeness of a woman's ability.

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Crackalackin

An interesting tidbit that I didn't see listed, Admiral Hopper had a ship named after her:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hopper_(DDG-70)

 

 

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jojo jaunt

Nicely done article.  Aside from Hedy Lamar that others have mentioned, I would have included Adele Goldberg, who played a pivotal role on the Xerox PARC team that developed Smalltalk, object oriented programming, graphical user interfaces, and other aspects central to modern computing.

   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele_Goldberg_(computer_scientist)

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QuadCoreAbe

When you write computer complier, do you mean compiler ?

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grue42

Love the article although I would also swap Sophie Wilson for Hedy Lamarr.  The Grace Hopper, Ada Lovelace and Hedy Lamarr stories were definite influences on my path to gEEkdom (Also piano practicing, but that didn't end as successfully)

Can we talk about "babes" in STEM fields for a minute?  Would someone care to explain the relationship between an individual's relative attractiveness and their capability to make technological advancements?  It's that kind of attitude that discouraging girls from pursuing science.
How about instead we support and increase visibility of positive rolemodels (like the women featured in this awesome article), support young women (and men) interested in these fields and encourage critical thinking and engineering in and outside the classroom? 

I know I wouldn't have had the strength to make it through if I didn't have the support of female engineering rolemodels.  You bet I'm out there trying to pass it on.  Way to go  Amber Bouman!

 

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Morete

I understand Einstein's wife actually invented all of his theories and he stole the ideas from her, according to some National Organizations.   This brings into question if Mrs. Shakespeare wrote the plays and poems....?

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Vernak

I liked the article but I feel you missed a few big ones:  Hedy Lamarr.  While known for being a beautiful actress, she was also a talented mathmetician and her research is the precursor to spread spectrum technology.  I believe the Max PC crowd would find her story very interesting.

 

Another big name is Patty McHugh of IBM.  As part of Project Acorn, she designed the first motherboard and gave it its name.  Project Acorn is ultimately the IBM Personal Computer.

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Bucherm

The appropriate statement for Grace Hopper would be "That's Admiral to you *sailor*", not "soldier".  Soldiers are people who were too dumb to join the Navy and so wander the desert getting shot at by strangers.

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JoBlo

I enjoyed this article more than I thought i would. I started reading this with the intent to just skim it and see if a could recognize any of these people, and sadly i could not. I did however read this whole article in great detail. There seems to be a trend in relation between sexism, and the earlier the time period. The earlier in time a woman wanted to explore the computer world, the more hurtles they had to jump to get there. I think it would be safe to say that these women are not only notable in their own right for what they have done for the industry, but even more so, because they had so much more weight put onto then from society telling them they could not, or not do it as well as a man. I think that more women should stand up, and do what they want to do carrier wise, regardless what is considered a social norm or not, epically in a country where you have every right to do so. This issue seems to be dwindling more so every year, but i do feel that it is still there.

Thank you for the article, I have gained a different perspective on the industry I work in because of this article, and the extended reading i have done since, because of it.

 

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sixfivebeastman

Not sure Sophie Wilson should be on this list - she's technically transgender:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Wilson

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ABouman

Yeah, I know, but since she identifies as a woman, I decided to count her as one.

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jakeson

I am trying to be a douche. The DNA results will show male.

I feel like i was a tree born into a mans body.

Now, I'm going to the arborist to get this peni$ sawed off.

Then wait for my Arbor day cards to arrive. I'll be watching for yours.

OH and then maybe you'll add me to the 15 most impoortant

hardwoods in tech history.

Acorns and pollen,

jakeson

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sixfivebeastman

sorry...not trying to be a douche, but she did her research for the ACORN MPs when she was a man....soooo...I don't know...good article. :)

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purplemecha

Thanks for the fascinating read.  I'll be tweeting and emailing this to everyone I know.

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I know I wouldn't have had the strength to make it through if I didn't have the support of female engineering rolemodels. You bet I'm out there trying to pass it on.

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benicoletti

I think we should get the viewers opinion but Amber you left yourself out??  Lets see some more female staffer / contributions. MACLife is holding out on us.

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Deviate

None of which were very attractive.

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purplemecha

Eye of the beholder.  I think Ada looks to be a fair lady.  There are women (men too) who think Bill Gates is a stud.  Beauty has nothing to do with brain skillz, you like some and disgusted by some.  Oh yeah, brain skillz is it's own attraction.

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ABouman

Oh, riiiight because Bill Gates is such a stud, right?

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Neufeldt2002

LOL, nice.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Sooner or later we'll get some babe who makes computer history...somebody like the geeky Barbie, maybe, more likely though is somebody from Korea or Japan, where they do a lot of the semiconductor stuff.

My girlfriend is a total babe but far from making computer history. She doesn't know X.org from XML, let alone PDF from pixel. And getting her to use Linux--she wouldn't even try it. Not even touch it. Told her that it was like a Mac in some ways and she still wouldn't buy my argument.

We do need some babes in the IT industry

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Archtard

Interesting!

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