Bartik was one of the leading developers of the ENIAC trajectory computer, and she was quite proud of its first public presentation in 1946:
“The day ENIAC was introduced to the world was one of the most exciting days of my life. The demonstration was fabulous. ENIAC calculated the trajectory faster than it took the bullet to travel. We handed out copies of the calculations as they were run. ENIAC was 1,000 times faster than any machine that existed prior to that time. With its flashing lights, it also was an impressive machine illustrating graphically how fast it was actually computing.”
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Frances Allen became the first woman to win the Turing Award (2006). She worked 45 years at IBM, helped develop Watson and trained FORTRAN in the 60ies already.
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Wikipedia on Ada Lovelace
Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (born Byron; short: Ada Lovelace) is said to be the world’s first programmer. She was the first human to recognize that Charles Babbages’ Calculation engine could serve for more… and published the world’s first algorithm.
Margaret Hamilton standing next to the navigation software that she and her MIT team produced for the Apollo Project.
Hamilton made up the term “software engineering” during the Apollo space mission days
Wikipedia zu Margaret Hamilton
She had a large part in creating COBOL, the first compilers and Harvard’s Mark I: Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper is a legend.