British Computer Museum Acknowledges Women

If you still believe the old trope that computers and electronics have always been a man’s field, think again. Women have always been involved in computer sciences, and the National Museum of Computing in Great Britain has made it official with a gallery devoted to women’s contributions. While we had Grace Hopper and Hedy Lamarr, they had Mary Coombs, the first female programmer, and Kathleen Booth, who literally wrote the (the first) book on Assembly programming.

The above clip is a very brief interview with Joyce Wheeler, who used the EDSAC computer, a room-sized computing machine built in 1949 for Cambridge University. The clip is part of a series on Computing Heritage, so when you have some time and want some knowledge, sit down with your popcorn and enjoy all the nerdy delights.

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