In 1945, 20-year-old mathematician Betty Jean Jennings moved to Philly and started work on a secret military project: the first modern electronic computer. Now, in a fascinating posthumous memoir, the tech pioneer tells her own story.
While it would have been nice to be included in the festivities and receive our own accolades for a job well done, at least all of us knew the truth about our contributions. Each of us women could also feel a quiet satisfaction in being able to say, “I was there.” We had tamed a mechanical beast and made it purr.
Pioneer Programmer: Jean Jennings Bartik and the Computer that Changed the World, written by Jean Jennings Bartik and edited by Jon T. Rickman and Kim D. Todd, is copyright © 2013 by Truman State University Press and is available now in paperback, Kindle and other ebook formats.
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