11.04.2007

Embodied History


When I was doing research for my dissertation, I compiled an impressive list of women who were central in the development of networks, microcomputing, digital processing, and programming. Their stories are shunted aside in the quest to locate the "father" of the Internet/computer/network/whatever.

“The names of Betty Snyder Holberton, Jean Jennings Bartik, Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum and Frances Bilas Spence belong in our history books and computer courses,” says Kleiman. “Not only did they program the first modern computer, some devoted decades to making programming easier and more accessible for all who followed.”

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1 comment:

Sport said...

Yeah, it never gets old learning about women whose work is buried under men. For example, during the recent controversy over James Watson's racist remarks, I found out that much of the research on DNA was done by Rosalind Elsie Franklin

http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/franklin.html

http://webweekly.hms.harvard.edu/archive/2003/4_7/student_scene.html