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Pioneers in Tech: Anita Borg, Champion of Women in STEM

Pioneers in Tech: Anita Borg, Champion of Women in STEM

In 1992, Mattel made a big mistake with one of its flagship products. Teen Talk Barbie featured a computer chip, with each doll programmed to say four of 270 phrases. One of the phrases was the ill-conceived “Math class is...

/ January 14, 2022
Pioneers in Tech: Evelyn Boyd Granville, Another Hidden Figure

Pioneers in Tech: Evelyn Boyd Granville, Another Hidden Figure

Although not featured in the popular film, mathematician Evelyn Boyd Granville surely deserves acclaim alongside Katherine Johnson and the other “Hidden Figures” we’ve celebrated in previous installments of Pioneers in Tech. Granville was the second African American woman to earn...

/ December 10, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Mary Golda Ross, Native American aerospace engineer

Pioneers in Tech: Mary Golda Ross, Native American aerospace engineer

In 1958, the panel and host of the game show “What’s My Line?” didn’t know what to make of Mary Golda Ross. Through a series of yes or no questions, the panelists—which included the actor Jack Lemmon—deduced that Ross had...

/ November 12, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Agnes Meyer Driscoll, World War Codebreaker

Pioneers in Tech: Agnes Meyer Driscoll, World War Codebreaker

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand career fields today, with nearly 465,000 open jobs in the industry as of October 2021. These positions —cybersecurity analyst, penetration and vulnerability tester, etc.— have their roots in the work of Agnes Meyer...

/ October 22, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Luis von Ahn turns everyone into a crowdsourcer

Pioneers in Tech: Luis von Ahn turns everyone into a crowdsourcer

Depending on your point of view, a CAPTCHA or a reCAPTCHA is either an annoyance (who can read those fuzzy letters, anyway?) or a boon to security, preventing fake account creation, spam commenting, fraudulent transactions, and more. But did you...

/ September 10, 2021 / 1 Comment
Pioneers in Tech: Barbara Liskov and the CLU programming language

Pioneers in Tech: Barbara Liskov and the CLU programming language

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1961 from the University of California, Berkeley, Barbara Liskov applied to graduate school at Princeton University. In response to her application, Liskov received a form letter informing her the school didn’t accept...

/ August 13, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Margaret Hamilton’s moonshot

Pioneers in Tech: Margaret Hamilton’s moonshot

NASA estimates 400,000 individuals contributed to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s ability to land on the moon on July 20, 1969. One of them was Margaret Hamilton, a 32-year-old software engineer working at MIT. Hamilton developed the software system that...

/ July 9, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Remembering the life of Alan Turing

Pioneers in Tech: Remembering the life of Alan Turing

The life of Alan Turing —the man who broke the Nazi Enigma code in World War II, providing the intelligence that led the Allies to victory—is one of many wrenching stories to be remembered during Pride Month, the annual remembrance...

/ June 11, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Mary Allen Wilkes, first to WFH with a computer

Pioneers in Tech: Mary Allen Wilkes, first to WFH with a computer

Remote work has long been common in the tech industry, even pre-coronavirus, but it had to start somewhere. After all, you couldn’t exactly squeeze an ENIAC in the spare bedroom. That’s why the story of Mary Allen Wilkes remains relevant...

/ May 14, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler’s domain names

Pioneers in Tech: Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler’s domain names

The use of .com, .edu, .org, etc., is so commonplace you might not have contemplated its origin story. But someone had to make sense of what became the internet—and that someone is Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, who managed the internet’s host...

/ April 9, 2021