An English mathematician and writer who lived during the middle of the 1800's. While working on the Analytical Engine, she realized that she could write an algorithm could be used for a computing machine and is often considered the worlds first programmer.
Joan Clark was instrumental for helping decipher the german code during ww2. Her smarts got her recruited to Blecthley park, where she worked on the devices used to decipher naval message. Her work was instrumental in reducing allied casualties.
Tasked to write a Resource Handbook for the Arpanet and later the main boss of the network information center which operated the Arpanet. The Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) is the foundation of what we call the internet.
“From my own perspective, the software experience itself (designing it, developing it, evolving it, watching it perform and learning from it for future systems) was at least as exciting as the events surrounding the mission. … There was no second chance. We knew that. We took our work seriously, many of us beginning this journey while still in our 20s. Coming up with solutions and new ideas was an adventure. Dedication and commitment were a given. Mutual respect was across the board. Because software was a mystery, a black box, upper management gave us total freedom and trust. We had to find a way and we did. Looking back, we were the luckiest people in the world; there was no choice but to be pioneers.”
It’s safe to say that the impact that women have had on the evolution of the technology we use today is impossible to measure. On this day of International Woman’s Day, all of us who enjoy today’s way of life can appreciate their contribution and achievement.
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