5 influential and famous women in technology who altered the tech world

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5 influential and famous women in technology who altered the tech world
influential and famous women in technology

5 influential and famous women in technology who altered the tech world

The technology industry has always been heavily dominated by men. Women only occupy 25% of the positions in the industry. This is due to factors, such as the late ability for women to pursue their education (free of discrimination.) Getting admitted into the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) was near impossible.

This only became a legal right for women in the 1970s. Irrespective of this, women are still thriving, pushing, and changing the landscape of the tech world. Women are seen to always overcome challenges and changed the world in their own way possible. This article brings you five influential and famous women in technology who altered the tech world.

1 . ADA LOVELACE

ADA LOVELACE
ADA LOVELACE

She was born in 1815. Ada was homeschooled by her mother who insisted that she be taught science and mathematics. She is an English writer. In spite of this, Ada is known to be the first female programmer due to her written notes. These notes explain how the notion of an engine could transition calculation to computation.

She is one of the most famous women in technology, nicknamed the “Prophet of the Computer Age”. Every second Tuesday in October is known as Ada Lovelace Day. It is to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM careers.

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2 . ANNIE EASLEY

ANNIE EASLEY
ANNIE EASLEY

Born in 1933. Annie majored in pharmacy and was to be a pharmacist. Instead, she applied for a job at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) for her strong math skills. Easley began her career as a “human computer,” doing computations for researchers. She was one of four African Americans who worked at NACA.

She later developed her skills to become a programmer. Also, she developed and implemented the codes that led to the development of batteries in hybrid cars.

3 . SISTER MARY KELLER

SISTER MARY KELLER
SISTER MARY KELLER

Mary Keller was an American roman catholic religious sister, born in 1913. In 1958 she started working at the computer center at Dartmouth College (an all-male school). She, together with 2 other scientists develop the BASIC computer programming language.

She later founded and chaired a computer science department at Clarke College. There she was an advocate for women in computer science. She is also known for being the first woman to ever receive a PH. D in computer science.

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4 . ADELE GOLDBERG

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GOLDBERG was born in 1945. She started working at IBM over the summer between her junior and senior years of college. She taught herself how to program unit record machines during break times. In the 1970s, Adele became a researcher at the Xero Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC).

She became the only woman among the group of men who built the Smalltalk-80 programming language. This they used to create one of the first modern Graphics User Interfaces (GUI). The GUI featured windows, icons, menus, and pointers (WIMP).

5 . HEDY LAMARR

HEDY LAMARR
HEDY LAMARR

The last woman on the list for today was born in 1914. Hedy was a famous actress. Aside from that, she worked on various inventions. She was completely self-taught and did not receive any formal training in technology. Hedy’s greatest invention was her Secret Communication System.

A frequency hopping device, that she created with the help of George Antheil. The purpose of this device was to set radio-guided torpedoes off course during the war. It became the basis for many modern-day inventions, including Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

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