Thursday, February 16, 2006

Computers were women

Yes, its true. Computers were women. Computers and woman go a long way. Back in the early days of computing when projects like the ENAIC started, calculations were done by humans. The name “Computers” was used by the US Army to a group of over 80 women working at the University of Pennsylvania during World War II calculating ballistics trajectories - complex differential equations - by hand. When the Army agreed to fund an experimental project, the first all-electronic digital computer, six "Computers" were selected in 1945 to be its first programmers. They were Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Frances Snyder Holberton, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spence and Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum.

This year marks the 60th year after the birth of ENAIC, the worlds first All Electronic Computer. Feb 14th of 1946 was the day. So no problem even if you geeks buy flowers and chocolates to the girls on the 14th of Feb, its justified. Its just to say thanks for contributing to the “love” of our lives: the computers.

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