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Great Achievements in Technology by Women

Oct 7, 2011

So often we think of tech as a guy thing. Women are however taking names and operating systems on par with any man. In fact throughout history women have been accomplishing great things for telephony applications, software and so much more!

In the 1800′s and for a large part of the 1900′s women were not able to get patents in their names, so many inventions are given credit to men. That makes it hard to make an accurate list of early inventions by women so it?s hard to say how many other inventions should be credited to women.

Female Inventors throughout History

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1842-Ada Lovelace is known as the first computer programmer.
1942- Hedy Lamarr co-invented an early form of spread-spectrum broadcasting.
1942 -Grace Hopper along with Howard Aiken programmed The Harvard Mark 1 and II computer.
1952- Grace also developed the first complier for computer programming language which lead to COBOL.
1954- Erna Schneider Hoover developed a computerized telephone switching system as a researcher for Bell Laboratories; she was awarded one of the first software patents.
1965- Mary Allen Wilkes was the first developer of an operating system (LAP) for the first minicomputer.
1971-Ema S Hoover is responsible for the feedback control monitor for stored program data processing system.
1980′s- Rachel Zimmerman developed a software program using symbols that enables non speaking persons such as those with severe physical disabilities, to communicate when she was only 12 years old.
1993- Krisztina Holly along with two co-inventors, invented the stylus which allowed consumers to order items by scanning a bar code with the use of a stylus which in turn fed the information to the seller through a touch tone phone. She also co-invented telephony software – Visual Voice.

This is just a short list that includes the technology contributions from women. There really would be no reason to have to test LAN connections if people like Ada Lovelace hadn?t first worked on programming computers, and where would our compression termination tools be used without telephony applications from Krisztina Holly. What better way to celebrate then taking a look back at inventions by women!

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